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College continues to address racism By Michelle Lampariello & Elizabeth Zakaim Editor-In-Chief & Managing Editor

One week after an incident of racism occurred outside a residence hall, the campus community continues to question what can be done to develop a more inclusive atmosphere on campus. A public forum at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 28 in Kendall Hall aims to address not only an incident involving racial slurs yelled at Marcus Allen, a junior African American studies and journalism and professional writing double major, but also as an open dialogue on tolerance and acceptance. The event, which aims to continue the conversation about ways to improve the College’s efforts to foster an inclusive community, is cosponsored by Student Government, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. On Monday, Nov. 26, Provost William Keep sent a message to faculty and staff at the College calling for the Dean of every academic school to reevaluate how to send the message that the campus community respects people of all races, religions, genders, abilities and ages. “I am asking each Dean to convene a School/Library-wide meeting to discuss the role(s) we in Academic Affairs can play in making clear that TCNJ is a culture that respects all people,” Keep wrote. “Whether in a discussion seminar, science lab, doing group work, cleaning

The Wolfe Hall incident remains under investigation. a bathroom, or exchanging emails, all members of our community deserve to have a respectful environment within which to work and study.” Keep also mentioned his low tolerance for graffiti in the email, and stated that graffiti that depicts racist or discriminatory words or images should be reported immediately. While Keep did not explicitly reference an incident of racist graffiti appearing on

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campus in his email, on Nov. 1, Campus Police was dispatched to the Art & Interactive Multimedia Building in response to a report of the derogatory term “n*****” written in a stall in the women’s bathroom on the third floor of the building. A Building Services employee reported the graffiti when she saw it during her shift, and was particularly upset by the see INCIDENT page 3

‘Little Shop’ swallows Black Box Theater

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The show’s plot includes elements of comedy. By Danielle Silva Production Manager

Shouts coming from a live plant and many scared shop owners could be heard through the corridors of Kendall Hall from Nov. 14 through 17 while TCNJ Musical Theatre performed “Little Shop of Horrors,” after a culmination of over two months of planning and preparation. The organization decided to dedicate the performance to the memory of the late music education major Jason Zujkowski, who had originally been set to play the baritone saxophone in

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this production, and to honor his love of music and theater. The show took place in the Don Evans Black Box Theater and starred freshman chemistry major Jonathan Vogel as Seymour and his love interest, Audrey, played by sophomore elementary education major with a music concentration, Mary Direnzo. The show was directed by junior communication studies major Jason Monto. “Little Shop” was Monto’s first experience directing a TMT show, but he had some experience from his time as assistant director of “Sweeney Todd” last fall. Rehearsals began back in September, and students quickly came together to make the show happen. Monto enjoyed the experience directing and working with such a cohesive group. “Seeing it all come together before my eyes is really amazing to me,” Monto said. “Stringing together everyone’s individual talents to make people laugh, smile, and forget their troubles for two hours is something special.” “Little Shop” is a mix of drama, romance, comedy and adventure that creates one terrifying treat. Mr. Mushnik’s plant shop is financially failing, but when a plant appears and is captured after a solar eclipse, business begins to boom again as the plant grows. However, it appears that human blood is the only thing that satisfies the plant’s, Audrey II, hunger, and Seymour, a shop worker who falls for fellow worker Audrey, work together to save themselves from the blood sucking plant while keeping the business blossoming. While the two begin secretly feeding Audrey’s abusive boyfriend’s body, dentist Orin Scrivello, to the plant, and eventually Mr. Mushnik, Audrey and Seymour must make a decision — save their lives and budding romance, or die together and let Audrey II take over. see PLANT page 14 Opinions / page 8

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Campus community mourns loss of talented student By Emmy Liederman Features Editor In some ways, Jason Zujkowski was just an ordinary student. He hated getting up early, loved internet memes and was loyal to his favorite brands, never touching anything but a Samsung cell phone and Lenovo laptop. Although he was a lot like other college kids in some aspects, there was something extraordinary about him — he had an undeniable passion for music. “Jason surrounded himself with music,” said Sean Zujkowski, his brother. “If he wasn’t playing, he was writing. If he wasn’t writing, he was listening. And if he wasn’t listening, he was just talking about it.” On Nov. 9, Zujkowski, a music education major, played the Baritone saxophone alongside musician Michael Ray and the Jazz Ensemble in celebration of 100 years of music at the College. Shortly after the performance, Zujkowski was on his way to the reception with some friends when he collapsed due to a preexisting heart condition. The 22-year-old never regained consciousness. “We went from such a high to an unbelievable turn of events,” said Gary Feinberg, the director of the jazz ensemble. “I feel as though this concert was one of the highlights of his musical life. It was really a special concert and he knew it.” Zujkowski’s performance consisted of three prominent solos, which were wellreceived by the audience. According to Feinberg, one of the key components of see JAZZ page 11


Zujkowski had a passion for music.

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Letters to Survivors Students contribute to Alpha Kappa Psi’s philanthropy week

Bunkasai Student organizations participate in Japanese cultural festival

Cross County Women’s team places 19th in NCAA national championship

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‘Dialogue Day’ promotes awareness of campus diversity

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Left: Fong explains how implicit bias is detrimental to society. Right: Foster promotes a more inclusive atmosphere for students.

By Camille Furst News Assistant

The Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion hosted “Campus Dialogue Day” on Nov. 14 in the Brower Student Center. The discussion touched on topics such as universal inclusion and implicit bias in the campus community. This event was held just days before an incident involving racial bias occurred on campus, that stirred controversy among students, faculty and staff alike. Both College President Kathryn Foster and Lora Fong, the Chief Diversity Officer of the Office of the State Attorney General, spoke at the event. During the event, the College’s Chief Diversity Officer Kerri Thompson Tillett interviewed Foster about her concept of “universal inclusion” and its connection to the campus community. With this term in mind, she explained the importance of cultivating a community in which every student feels like they belong. Thompson Tillett expresses her excitement to have this conversation, especially after Foster’s email about

universal inclusion at the College was sent out to the campus community. In her email, Foster emphasized the need for more inclusion both on campus and in the larger community. She strongly urged people to speak out against bullying, discrimination, hateful language, aggression and violence. Foster’s concept of universal inclusion is rooted in the urban planning concept of universal design, or the idea of designing spaces that accommodate everyone. “Anyone can function in them,” Foster said. “The mirror, the analogous concept there, would be that … anyone on this campus feels that they belong and the sense of, ‘I can be my best self here.’” Foster said that she has heard from many students on campus who feel like they don’t belong in the community, and has since been trying to do more to change that notion. “Every time that happens, it can be heartbreaking,” Foster said. “There’s a lot of dreaming that happens when you come off to college, and to the degree, we can create that kind of community that we all want to be a part of.” One solution Foster spoke of to help build a more

SFB funds Campus MovieFest

PRISM receives funds for speaker By Garrett Cecere Staff Writer

Four organizations were fully funded at the Student Finance Board Meeting on Nov. 14. The Student Film Union was funded $15,000 for the Campus MovieFest fees. The festival allows student filmmakers to showcase their creative works. The top 16 student films are shown at the finale and the top four teams qualify to compete at Terminus, the national competition in Atlanta. “We have won awards for the past five years,” said Tyler Law, a senior communication studies major and president of the Student Film Union. Teams from the College have won for special effects at the national contest for four consecutive years from 2014 to 2017, while Law’s team won the national award for best comedy this past year. The festival is scheduled to be held during the spring semester and will run from March 27 to April 2. The finale will take place on April 11 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Brower Student Center Room 100. PRISM received $2,500 to have speaker Scott Fried come and discuss his experience being HIV-positive. Ink will serve as a co-sponsor and will help with ushering and publicity. According to PRISM’s proposal to SFB, Fried will be touching upon the stigma that people with HIV face both in society as a whole and even within

LGBTQ+ communities. The event will be held on Thursday Nov. 29 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Physics Building Room 101. The TCNJ Anthropology Society was funded $1,707.20 for its trip to the Mütter Museum and Penn Museum located in Philadelphia. The Mütter Museum houses a wide collection of human remains that are directly relatable to the study and practice of physical anthropology and osteology, according to the club’s proposal. The trip will take place on Saturday Dec. 1 from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. SFB will cover expenses for the bus quote and the tip. The Haitian Student Association received $553 for its event, Caribbean Game Night. Food from Caribbean cultures will be served at the annual event, which is intended to be a relaxing night for students before they have to take final exams. Three organizations will be co-sponsoring the game night — the Black Student Union will help with games, advertising and clean up, Union Latina will contribute with games and set up and the Association of Students For Africa will assist with advertising and encouraging members to come to the event. The event will be held on Dec. 6 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Brower Student Center Room 222. SFB will cover expenses for Haitian food, Jamaican food, drinks, plates, utensils and food warmers.

universally inclusive campus community is to ensure that each student’s name is pronounced correctly by his or her professors. This would be done by allowing students to create an audio file of them pronouncing their own name and having it submitted to their professors before the first day of class. “So then the first day of class comes … and there’s not any moment where the person has that first instance of not belonging,” Foster said. “It’s minor perhaps, but it’s the kind of thing that would make us stand out in a different way.” Fong then went into discussion about how implicit bias, a subconscious bias toward others, plays a role in everyday society. She gave examples of its occurrence, such as a test in which race played a factor for the employers choosing between two equally qualified candidates for a job position. As for eradicating bias, both implicit and explicit, Foster suggested that students be more aware of their interactions with each other. “Part of it is our awareness and our keen sensibility of being in a place,” Foster said. “We’re always going to be a work in progress with this.”

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Incident / Inclusivity, tolerance major campus priorities

Allen shares his experience on social media.

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sighting of the derogatory term because this was not the first time she had experienced discrimination on campus, citing a similar incident of derogatory graffiti that was reported to Campus Police two years ago. Campus Police reviewed security footage of the third floor women’s bathroom in the AIMM building, but do not have any suspects in their investigation. College President Kathryn A. Foster released an email emphasizing the need for inclusion and

diversity on campus on Nov. 17. Allen tweeted early Saturday morning about how students on campus yelled racial slurs at him from their residence hall on Nov. 16 “I am truly disheartened by this incident,” his initial tweet read. Foster stressed that the school does not tolerate instances of racial bias or any other forms of discrimination targeted toward any population in the community. “Race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, abilities, and other differences enrich the TCNJ community, are fundamental to


our values of universal inclusion, and demonstrate the rich diversity of our broader society,” Foster’s email read. “Individual behaviors of bias, incivility and disrespect undermine what it means to study, teach and work at TCNJ. We value the very characteristics that some have chosen to demean.” Allen recalled in more detail what happened to him on Nov. 16 at around 11:30 p.m. He was walking to Tdubs with other friends and fellow members of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, when he thought he heard shouting coming from the third

floor of Wolfe Hall. He said he couldn’t tell what they were saying at first, but he eventually understood that the words were racial slurs targeted toward him and his friends. “N*****, n*****, n*****, you’re a porch monkey n*****,” he heard the people yell. When Allen moved closer to identify where the sound was coming from, he heard them continue to exclaim slurs. “‘Get down, those n*****s are gonna shoot us,’” Allen heard. He and his friends went to report to Wolfe Hall’s community adviser on duty, who went to the third floor to investigate. According to Allen, the students were walking back and forth from room to room, and no one claimed ownership of the room where he heard the slurs coming from. Later that night, a little before midnight, Allen turned to Facebook and Twitter to vent his feelings. He said he felt Foster was prompted to send her email after his tweets because he knew that a lot of faculty and administration follow him on social media. “I’m glad the school is taking the steps that are needed in this situation but I know this is not an isolated incident,” Allen said. “I’m not the only person on campus who does not feel welcome here, who does not feel safe.” Allen could not specify which incidents he was referring to that may have occurred at the College where students felt unsafe, but said that he heard of such instances

from other students who did not want them reported. Allen, who grew up in Ewing and now lives in Trenton, considered himself to be a voice for the local community. He is hurt and feels unsafe at a school where he has invested so much of his time effort. The past couple of days have been an emotional roller coaster for him as he has been processing what happened. “Honestly it was a shock,” he said. “I’ve cried, I’ve been depressed and I’ve been angry. It’s traumatizing for any person of color to deal with –– specifically a black person.” Professors at the College responded to Allen’s tweets with messages of support. Kim Pearson, a journalism and professional writing professor at the College, expressed her sympathies. She had not only had Allen as a student, but she wrote on Twitter that she had known him since he was a baby. Pearson, who is a longtime faculty member at the College, said she is tired of hearing about incidents like Allen’s in her 28 years here. “I’m horrified, but I’m also kind of weary,” she said. “I’ve seen this movie before.” “For many decades the TCNJ culture has provided a safe and enriching environment, the benefits of which continue long after a student graduates,” Foster wrote in her email. “Together we will protect and enhance this valuable culture and commit again to dignity and respect for all.”

Professor critiques media’s coverage of human rights By Julia Meehan Staff Writer In the ninth installment of the Fall 2018 Faculty Lecture Series, the School of Arts and Communication showed a presentation titled, “What Shapes Human Rights Coverage? What Journalists Wish They Had Learned in College,” in the Mayo Concert Hall on Nov. 16. John C. Pollock, an author and professor of communication studies at the College, also has experience teaching at Rutgers University, New Brunswick and the City University of New York at Queen’s College. Pollock’s lecture focused on coverage of human rights issues in the media, and his own academic journey. During the lecture, he gave advice to students looking to follow their passion for writing and reporting. While on the subject of human rights communications and its media coverage, a topic on which he has written five books, he spoke about traditional human rights issues like fighting authoritarianism and military critique, and about emerging human rights topics like women’s and LGBTQ+ rights. Pollock also spoke about several theories regarding media coverage and human rights issues, most notably the “buffer pattern” of media coverage. The buffer pattern describes a correlation between the amount of responsibility the government claims for a problem

and the amount of media support and favorable coverage it receives, according to Pollock. He challenged the idea that journalists should be dispassionate and seek both sides of an argument. Rather, he believed that journalists should defend human rights, especially the rights of minorities. In order for Pollock to find his calling as a writer and professor, he had to face many societal obstacles along the way. He recalled his own upbringing and his life as a college student, and he criticized the social expectation that men had to pursue a career in the sciences and that it was less acceptable for them to study humanities. He eventually rejected this idea and changed his major from physics to political science. He approached the topic of majors and life plans as prototypes to improve for the future. “I was not going to become a rocket scientist, and that was a bit discouraging,” Pollock said. It was hard for him to accept that he did not have to fit the mold that gender roles emphasized at the time. For Pollock, the idea of choosing a career path as a college student was similar to the obstacle many heroes face in Greek mythologies. The protagonists in those stories often have to slay a monster or defeat some sort of evil in order to realize their full potential. The same, he explained, goes for students looking to set out on their own rite of passage

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Pollock analyzes how newspapers address social justice issues.

–– it’s not about fulfilling the dreams of family or society — it’s about finding an individual course to follow.

“You often have to slay the idea of someone else’s dream for you to discover yourself,” Pollock said.

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Muha reveals new admissions pamphlet to SG

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Left: SG officially recognizes the Sher Bhangra dance group. Right: Muha explains how the brochure better depicts the campus community. By Alex Shapiro Staff Writer

Student Government met with College Spokesman David Muha and recognized one student organization during its general body meeting on Nov. 14. Muha introduced the new “Hi” pamphlets, which will be used for undergraduate admissions for the upcoming school year. He said that the pictures of the campus advertised in the pamphlets emphasized the importance and the closeness of the College community. SG approved the Sher Bhangra dance group as a new club on campus. The organization introduces a different type of Indian dance that has gained interest among dancers

over the years. The dance group started with two female students and now has more than 25 members who are interested in joining the team. Sher Bhangra hopes to foster a low-pressure and fun environment. The dancers still participate in competitions, but the club stressed that the group also functions as a way to decompress from the pressures of school and to have a good time. Sher Bhangra plans on having performances and hosting events next semester. SG then passed the Academic Event Bill, which was previously proposed at its general body meeting on Nov. 7. The bill, which aims to facilitate engagement between senator cohorts and their respective schools, will immediately go into effect.

According to SG’s description, the bill stands to benefit each senator’s respective school while making sure that the senators help develop a sense of community among students and promote academic success. Each cohort will be responsible for deciding how they want to execute the plan for each school. The Class Council of 2020 announced its next fundraiser, a basketball tournament, which will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the Recreation Center. Students can sign up as part of teams of three for a cost of $8 per person. Chipotle gift cards of $20 will be awarded to each individual member of the winning team. Each class’s Facebook page will have sign up document available.

Business executive discusses evolution of workplace

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Slaughter discusses obstacles mothers face in the corporate world.

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The College invited Annie-Marie Slaughter, the Chief Executive Officer of New America, for a discussion titled “Reinventing the Workplace” at Mayo Concert Hall on Nov. 19. Slaughter gave an overview of her book, “Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work and Family,” which was published in 2015. According to The New York Times, Slaughter’s book was an expansion of an article she wrote for The Atlantic. In her book, Slaughter discusses how mothers like her face numerous obstacles at the workplace while taking care of their families. According to The New York Times, some of these issues include gender discrimination, lower salaries and pressure to put in more hours to avoid being fired. Slaughter was the former Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in Princeton University. She was also the first female to be the director of Policy Planning for the U.S. Department of State.

She emphasized the importance of having a variety of skills and experiences. “I don’t think of myself as a head of a organization,” Slaughter said. “I think of myself as a writer, speaker, teacher and mentor. I think about being a portfolio of skills and experiences.” In her book, Slaughter argued that the workplace has not changed much since the 1950s where women were subjected to family life and men were the breadwinners. She suggested ways to change the workplace in order to maximize productivity and efficiency. Slaughter anticipated that companies will need to change the way they evaluate productivity. Instead of measuring productivity through hours, Slaughter argued that companies must measure productivity through quantitative evidence, such as reaching a specific number of sales in a certain time period. She also explained how competitive the job market is today. Between emerging automatic machines such as robots and artificial intelligence, job opportunities could be limited in the future. However, Slaughter remained optimistic about the future of human employment.

“I do think there is enough work to go around,” Slaughter said. Slaughter also argued that people will eventually work six hour days. At the end of the 19th century during the industrial revolution, she estimated that workers logged in between 14 to 16 hours per day. Through the early 20th century, labor laws and regulations helped shorten work days to 12, and then to eight hours per day after the passing of the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1940, according to CNBC. She projected, based on the ongoing pattern, that workers will eventually hit a low of six hours per day. Slaughter explained that workers can use the extra time to care for families or be active in their communities. According to Slaughter, the first industrial revolution took people off the farm and into factories and cities. She now predicted that people will be living closer to their workplace, which will also increase their time with their families. “The workplace will be much closer to home,” Slaughter said. “It may not be in a really tiny village. It’s going to be in clusters of relatively livable communities.” Along with the length of job hours and

location, Slaughter anticipated that the quality of jobs will also shift –– the market will center around care and craft-centered jobs. She defined a care job as any career where the worker is investing in others. Slaughter pointed out that the healthcare industry will grow as more adults of the baby boomer generation retire. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 10,000 baby boomers are retiring every day since 2011. In addition to healthcare, she mentioned teaching as a primary example of a job focusing on care. “Teaching is absolutely a care career,” Slaughter said. “As a teacher, you are investing in the welfare of your students.” Slaughter also projected a rapidly thriving industry in craft products. She pointed out the prospering craft beer industry as an example of how people can specialize in craft and produce quality materials. “Most craft brewers are young entrepreneurs,” Slaughter said. “They are willing to take a risk.” She contended that consumers will invest in higher quality products that promise authenticity, rather than buying cheap goods at stores like Walmart.

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The CEO believes that people will eventually work six hour days.

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California wildfires worst in state’s history By Muhammad Siddiqui Staff Writer A wildfire know as Camp Fire in northern California has claimed at least 87 lives and burned more than 150,000 acres of land, as of Nov. 23, making it the most destructive wildfire to ever affect the state, according to ABC News. The number of missing people was at one point above 1,000, but it fell once survivors were able to contact family members or were seen active on social media by authorities, according to The New York Times. Families have been scattered throughout California, which complicates search efforts for survivors. Lisa Vasquez of Paradise, California, a town almost completely destroyed by the fire, told TIME that limited access to phones and the internet meant that many people lost

access to the ways they usually keep in touch. Some survivors had been living in makeshift camps in a Walmart parking lot until they were instructed to move to nearby shelters, according to CBS News. For authorities, the most painstaking task will be combing through the rubble of the nearly 13,000 destroyed homes, according to The New York Times. This includes searching for the remains of those who could not get out in time. The sheriff heading the search, Kory L. Honea, told The New York Times that most of the remains have been reduced to bone fragments. As a result, TIME reported that authorities have recruited a team of archaeologists from California State University Chico, as well as a team of 24 cadaver dogs to help with the search. Rain is expected soon in

California, which will assist the firefighters’ efforts. However, rain could also complicate the search for remains and may trigger mudslides, ash flows, and flooding, according to CBS. While the worst fires continue in northern California, the state has had to deal with another wildfire simultaneously in the south, dubbed the Woolsey Fire, which killed two people. This fire is believed to have started at roughly the same time as Camp Fire, according to CNN. Woolsey Fire, as of Nov. 21, is 98 percent contained, according to The New York Post. However, in its early stages the Woolsey fire torched Malibu, destroying the homes of celebrities Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, and burned enough vegetation that NASA could spot the aftermath via satellite. The causes of all the fires are still unknown, according to CNN.

Members of the Red Cross comfort survivors.

One utility company, PG&E, reportedly experienced a transmission line outage shortly before Camp Fire started, in an area only one mile northeast of the where of the fire is believed to have originated. Similarly, SoCal Edison reported circuit problems at a substation close to a possible source of Woosley Fire, only two minutes before the fire began. Investigations


are ongoing, according to CNN. California Gov. Jerry Brown estimates the cost of damages resulting from the flames to be in the tens of billions, according to CBS. The governor also thanked President Donald Trump for his pledges of aid to the state, despite his earlier comments in which he threatened to withhold federal payments due to poor forest management.

New Yorkers protest Amazon HQ2 location


Demonstrators gather in Long Island City to denounce the decision.

By Anandita Mehta Staff Writer

Amazon ended its yearlong search for a location for its new headquarters — the corporation opted to split its headquarters into two locations –– Long Island City, New York and Crystal City, Virginia, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Crystal City is an attractive location because of its proximity to major transportation hubs like various metro stops and the Reagan National Airport, according to The Wall Street Journal. Long Island City also has plenty of access to transportation, including the subway system, the Long Island Rail Road and two major airports –– JFK and LaGuardia.

Virginia officials, including Gov. Ralph Northam, agreed to give the company $819 million in return for the creation of the 25,000 jobs in the area at an average annual salary of more than $150,000, according to The Washington Post. In New York, Amazon is set to receive a $1.2 billion tax break for creating another 25,000 jobs also with an average annual salary of more than $150,000, according to The New Yorker. While most officials and businesses in the chosen states are looking forward to the economic benefits the headquarters will bring, Amazon’s announcement has not been so well-received by local residents and officials alike, according to The Washington Post. In New York, representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio Cortez criticized Amazon’s choice. She said that while the company will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks, the state will continue to

suffer from crumbling subway systems and other infrastructure, according to The New Yorker. “‘We need more investment, not less,’” she said, according to The New Yorker. While some community members saw the expansion of Amazon as a chance for people to enter the middle class when they otherwise would not have been able to, other residents of Long Island City protested against Amazon’s plans to expand into their city on Nov. 14, according to ABC. The protests reflected residents’ concerns over a lack of the company’s investment in the city’s infrastructure. The protestors said that the money should instead be used to improve the transit system, affordable housing and public schools, according to ABC. Economically, the arrival of the headquarters in both New York and Virginia will also likely raise rent costs and home prices, pushing low-income residents out of these areas, according to MarketWatch.

Gas tax increase ignites unrest throughout France By James Wright Staff Writer More than a quarter million people took part in demonstrations in France on Nov. 17 to protest against planned increases in gas taxes. Most of the demonstrators around the country wore yellow construction vests as they protested in suburbs and more rural parts of France, where people rely on their cars to get to work, according to The New York Times. The demonstrations have created an atmosphere of discontent by disagreeing with the policies of French president Emmanuel Macron, as a large contingent of demonstrators shouted “‘Macron quit!’” and blocked the entrance to the Champ-Elysee, the presidential palace of France, according to The New York Times. These protests are distinct because there is no official leader or organization orchestrating the protest movement, according to BBC. The unstructured approach is emblematic of a new kind of political movement in France, one that questions the strength and efficacy of Macron’s policies and how they affect working-class citizens within the country, according to BBC. Several of the main opposition parties have come out and

supported the protests, including the center-right Republicains, the far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon and far-right leader Marine Le Pen, BBC reported. “‘It’s a movement that goes beyond political differences and that’s dangerous for Emmanuel Macron,’” said French author of politics, Jerome Saint-Marie, according to BBC. “‘As long as the opposition to Macron is split between left and right, his power isn’t challenged. The gilets juanes (yellow vests) are a kind of social reunification that goes beyond political divisions.’” The protests were projected to be one of the toughest tests of the 18-month presidency of Macron. Diesel prices have surged 16 percent this year from an average of $1.41 per liter to $1.69 per liter, according to CNN. The price hike is caused by a leap in the price of oil, with Brent crude oil prices, a benchmark for world prices, increasing by over 20 percent in the first half of this year from $60 a barrel to $86 a barrel in early October, CNN reported. Even with the increase in oil prices, the French people are not necessarily directing their agitation toward the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries or U.S. tariffs on Iran; rather, they are explicitly upset at Macron, for not only levying additional taxes on the French populace but also continuing former president Francois Hollande’s environmental policies, according to CNN.

Citizens respond to the tax hike.


“This government hasn’t understood the anger of the French,” explained Olivier Faure, head of the French Socialist Party, according to CNN. Macron campaigned on the idea of being a president aided by the support of grassroots movements and as someone who could heal the deep divide between the right and left of the country, according to BBC. Now, however, the president faces a difficult challenge and it remains to be seen whether he can effectively lead in spite of the recent increase in protests around the country.

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College teaches students resilience

During a recent job interview, the hiring manager asked me a question that I had never encountered before: “How have you changed the most over the past four years?” I think the question surprised me because day-to-day, I rarely notice changes in myself — I am doing pretty much the same things as any other typical college senior. I’m beginning the job hunt, thinking about my education and finishing strong in my classes. When I look back to pictures of freshman-year me, I also see nothing different. I still have the same smile, same birthmarks, same clothing style and even the same glasses. As cliche as it sounds, those moments really do feel like yesterday. If I try hard enough, I can still remember the smells of my freshman dorm’s hallways and feel the tears I cried when I said goodbye to my family for the first time. I’ve learned so much from my classes, enough knowledge to last a lifetime. I learned how to work well with others and become a leader from both my academics and extracurricular activities. Yes, I have grown intellectually, but that was just like high school, right? And before that, just like middle school, and prior to that, just like elementary school. Each new walk of life presented me with challenges and opportunities that helped me become wiser. So, as I stared at the man in the suit smiling back at me, I felt dumbstruck. Looking back on my four years, I feel like I’ve been lost, even discouraged at some moments during my time as a student. I felt exactly the same as I did when I signed the document to enroll at the College. But at the same time, I sometimes feel like my emotions take over, especially when I start to think about life after graduation. Call it a case of growing pains or plain uncertainty, this also didn’t seem to fit the answer to the question. Suddenly, one word came to mind –– resilience. This is the word that I feel defines my college experience and my transformation as a student. I have learned something over these past four years that no textbook could ever teach me –– I learned how to be strong and how to keep moving forward. Before coming to college, I was always a person who shied away from challenges, but I have learned to react to drawbacks with persistence, until I can achieve my goal. Rather than breaking down and not knowing where to turn, I have learned to stay strong and accomplish my goals to the best of my ability. I no longer feel anxious about challenges –– I feel ready to face them. Living away from home, overcoming heartbreak and putting myself outside of my comfort zone are just a few of the things that I have learned that have changed my outlook on life. It is in these moments of hardship that I have learned about myself. Regardless of what I choose to do, I hope to live a life that solves problems and helps people. Overall, I have learned to simply enjoy each moment and face my challenges head on, without backing down. As an adult now, I can attest that this is by far the most valuable lesson I have learned, that has changed my life over these last four years.

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“It comforts me knowing that his three months at TCNJ were probably the best of his life and that his kind and gentle soul left an obvious impact. Life without Jason has left a void, but I feel his love every time someone he knew shares theirs. I feel its cliché to refer to Jason as ‘the best brother ever’ or anything along those lines, but it’s not a lie that Jason was one of the dearest people in my life.” — Sean Zujkowski Jason’s brother

“Human trafficking is something that is really, really real, but you don’t see it in the news, you don’t read about it in articles. It’s not at face value,” he said. “By bringing more awareness to it, it becomes more real to people.” — Dan Bas Junior accounting major

“We are currently in a very politically divided moment in American history, a time that asks us to consider who we are as a country and as individuals, to consider who is on the outside and who is on the inside, a time to examine the borders, who and what creates them and whether or not we can overcome them.” — Michael Mahalchick


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Abortion should not be used to catalyze discussion

Abortion rights remain controversial.


By Rachel Smith Abortion should not be used simply as a tool to promote dialogue for the sake of what can only be described as the College’s tokenizing of a woman-centered issue. This is especially true at a college like our own that consistently cites “student safety” concerns when implementing policy after policy. As abortion restrictions on gestation and procedure make their way to the Supreme Court, which is now predominantly conservative, the national conversation about abortion has moved far past the philosophical question of when life begins. One may wonder why the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has suddenly taken an interest in highlighting abortion for a Lion’s Hour discussion on Nov. 8 titled “Pro-life vs. Pro-Choice.” As president of the Women’s Center and a women’s, gender, and sexuality studies major, I had not seen a Lion’s Hour dialogue centered on reproductive issues prior to this meeting. Although it is possible gender and reproductive rights may have come up more generally at the dialogues, they have never been formally set as a topic before now.

It may be more influential for the office to be proactive in engaging discussion on gendered issues, not just in response to public forums depicting one side of the argument. These instances of opposition include the “Graveyard of Innocents” display that represented aborted fetuses in New Jersey, misleading Crisis Pregnancy Center postcards being left in the Women’s Center office, and most recently a controversial speaker discussing the supposed lies that pro-choice politicians tell. These groups often advocate for their side in ways that can potentially traumatize other students. It is the college’s responsibility to ensure that freedom of speech doesn’t place an undue burden on individual students or other student organizations. According to its campus posting policy, the Office of Student Involvement, which approved of the “Graveyard of Innocents” display last semester, reserves the right to deny posting requests that “endanger the health or safety of an individual or group, utilize sexually explicit or obscene material (and) violate the New Jersey Criminal Statute on Harassment.” Not only are the definitions of these terms subjective, but they are left up to the Office of Student Involvement to define. As such, its members have failed to protect the safety and wellbeing of students put at the forefront of this debate. The reality is that students at the College have had abortions. This I know to be personally true, and it should not be expected of these students to vocalize their personal life decisions as a reason for pro-choice representation, especially in a country where an estimated one in four women will have an abortion by the age of 45, according to the Guttmacher Institute. I have never personally had an abortion, but I am unapologetically pro-choice. However, my personal opinion doesn’t really matter, and neither does the opinion of students who are pro-life. All students are entitled to their personal beliefs, but the fact of the matter is that some students have had an abortion

and just want to get to class without facing a “Graveyard of Innocents” display lining their walkways. These students are not trying to take a political stance, and it should not be expected of them to identify themselves in order for their safety and well-being to be considered. If the College saw this topic as a personal matter, rather than just a difference of opinion to find a common ground, the response would be completely different. For instance, it is unlikely a Lion’s Hour dialogue on the merits of gun control would be created if the College knew there were a substantial amount of students who survived a school-shooting. Regardless of the intent of the organization that sponsors these abortion-shaming events, the result of shining a consistent negative light on abortion is likely to have a negative effect on students who have had one. The mental health and well-being of students should never be an oversight, especially at an institution that has faced continued backlash concerning the availability of health services on campus. Not only does the campus not have the means to serve students’ mental health demands (something that can be easily argued due to recent issues with Counseling and Psychological Services, the TCNJ Clinic and the fact that the replacement clinic doesn’t accept Medicaid,) but abortion is neither offered on campus, nor is there any support offered to help students acquire one should they need it. This only creates an environment unsupportive of students who are forced off campus to acquire an abortion, faced with consistent and vocal hostility toward their choice and offered limited mental health services to cope with that stress. The solution is not to restrict freedom of speech at this campus, but rather to ensure that the institution truly is fostering universal inclusion and sees these topics as deeply personal and not just as a tool to find a form of common ground.

Exercise essential to building healthier lifestyle By Nicholas Cernera It’s that time of day again –– time for me to go to the gym. Familiar thoughts suddenly pervade my mind. “You know what, I’m tired. I don’t need to go to the gym today. I just don’t have time. I worked hard all day and I have an exam tomorrow. I’ll just wait until life slows down a bit and then I can get in there and have a good workout. There’s no reason to stress myself out about it.” These sentiments often stop me from sticking to a consistent exercise regimen. Excuses are just too easy. With enough well thought out excuses I can rationalize any unhealthy decision that I make –– at least that’s what the lazier part of me wants to think. I do know, though, that this type of thinking is not conducive to a healthy or happy life. I’ve taken notice of how my thoughts and excuses correlate with how often I get to the gym and I’ve noticed a number of problems with how I view the situation. The “I don’t have time” excuse has proven to be the most easy to use, yet the least productive. The truth is not that I don’t have time, but that I’m not carving out the time to exercise because I’d rather do easier,

more comfortable activities. Why exercise when I can binge-watch Netflix or hangout with my housemates? Why exercise when I can, you know, not be sweating, in pain and miserable for an hour? At the end of the day, it’s simply much easier to say that I don’t have time than it is to admit that I could easily exercise for 30 minutes instead of scrolling through Instagram. When I contemplated this matter a little further, I developed a few ways that I could change my mindset for the better. First of all, I had to drill it into my mind that any workout is better than no workout at all. It’s true – I may not have had the time to go to the gym, get changed, warmup, stretch, lift, do cardio, get changed again and then shower, but this does not mean that I don’t have time to do a 30-minute workout in the comfort of my home. It doesn’t mean that I don’t have the time to stretch for 10 minutes or do even a single set of pushups. My point is that by the time I go back and forth with myself over whether or not I’ll go to the gym, I could have already been half way through a solid workout. So, when I find myself unable to go through the hassle of a trip to the gym, I do a simple yet effective home workout. Secondly, I remind myself everyday

Many struggle to develop an organized workout routine. that exercise is not just about bulging muscles or abs. It’s about managing my stress, feeling connected to the body I exist in, and feeling proud of the fact that I’m doing what is right for my overall health. Once I solidified this mindset, I realized that the weight on the bar and the weight on my scale stopped mattering so much. It allowed me to change my priorities and workout simply to feel good and be happy. What’s so wrong with that? Debating about whether or not to exercise can be even more exhausting and stressful than a workout itself. When I find myself engaging in an internal debate, I


simply move my butt over to a yoga mat and start stretching. Once I’m on that mat, I become a little more aware of how my body is feeling and that in and of itself feels good. I try to internalize the notion that actions trump thoughts everyday and the results never disappoint me. The next time you’re sitting on your phone and ignoring the fact that you wish you were working out, just do something small. Stretch out your hamstrings, do a couple of pushups or just do a single jumping jack. Just move your body and feel good about it. Do that, and you will see the right results. I promise.


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Students share opinions around campus

“Should abortion rights be a discussion topic at the College?”

Katherine Holt / Opinions Assistant

Ryan Engels, a sophomore psychology major. “If it’s going to be an essential part of the elections then we should talk about it.”

Clare McGreevy / Opinions Editor

Dessa Reed, a junior communication studies major. “Yes, I think it’s a really important issue that should be discussed in a respectful manner.”

“Is exercise important for a happy life?”

Katherine Holt / Opinions Assistant

Clare McGreevy / Opinions Editor

Eli Buckwalter, a sophomore psychology major.

Sydney Santiago, a sophomore chemistry major.

“I would say it’s pretty important. It’s personally helped me overcome certain obstacles.”

“Definitely, because it has more than one benefit. It keeps you healthy in different ways.”

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Jazz / Zujkowski inspires Music Department continued from page 1 jazz playing is improvisation, which Zujkowski mastered with ease. “As a performer, he had a lot of fire,” Feinberg said. “He was super expressive and that was his moment to show everybody that he owned that solo. I was thinking, ‘He’s been waiting for this moment to do this piece of music every ounce of justice he had within him.’” This was Zujkowski’s fist semester at the College after he transferred from Raritan Valley Community College. In just a few months, he was able to prove himself as a dedicated musician and leave a lasting legacy in the music department. For Zujkowski, playing saxophone at the College meant more than just earning a degree. “He commuted from Manville, which is a brutal 60-minute commute and he was always on time for the morning class,” Feinberg said. “That is just a small insight to his character. He was really happy to be here. He was really excited about being a student here — this was his dream.” During his short time at the College, Zujkowski also made a profound impact on other students in the music department. More than 500 people, many of whom were from the College, attended his funeral in Manville, New Jersey. Students

organized carpools to ensure they could all be there to honor their friend. “He made a lot of friends really fast,” said Wayne Heisler, the chair of the music department. “One of the things that was so crazy about this is that he hadn’t been here that long, but everyone seemed to know him pretty well for someone who had only been on campus for a few months. I get the impression that he was just really kind.” Zujkowski’s brother echoed Heisler’s judgement of his character — on top of his love for music, he was undeniably kind to everyone he met. “It comforts me knowing that his three months at TCNJ were probably the best of his life and that his kind and gentle soul left an obvious impact,” he said. “Life without Jason has left a void, but I feel his love every time someone he knew shares theirs. I feel its cliché to refer to Jason as ‘the best brother ever’ or anything along those lines, but it’s not a lie that Jason was one of the dearest people in my life.” Although Zujkowski was at times reserved, his loved ones recall that as soon as he picked up his saxophone, he was comfortable and confident. “He played the baritone saxophone for the Jazz Ensemble’s concert with Michael Ray and, while he had been clearly nervous about performing, the second

he picked up his instrument, it seemed as though he was a different person,” said Jonathan Andersen, a senior music major. “Everything else had seemed to fade away whenever he performed.” Andersen was also quick to comment on his character. “Jason was one of the kindest people I know,” he said. “He never turned down anyone who needed help.” After his death, his family received video footage from the concert and was overwhelmed with gratitude. Many agree that the video of his final performance captured his passion for music. “When I watched the video, there are a couple places where he is just throwing his head back and laughing,” said Kim Pearson, a journalism and professional writing professor who helped plan the concert. “He just looks like he is having a great time.” According to Professor Kathy Mitchell, Zujkowski’s saxophone teacher, her student’s dedication and passion for his instrument will live on in the College’s music department. “He gave it his all,” she said. “Jason has inspired the saxophone studio and myself. We all agree he has brought us closer together. He is with our studio always.” Pearson noted that his preservation and dedication to his

Photo courtesy of Sean Zujkowski

Friends remember Zujkowski’s passion for music. art, despite health challenges, should be an inspiration for the College community. “So often I learn about some of the challenges that students have here.” Pearson said. “You never know what somebody is going through and what it took for someone to be sitting where they’re sitting. You should never assume. This is just another powerful reminder of that.” Heisler honored Zujkowski at a Department of Music recital

on Nov. 13 by equating his everlasting spirit to that of American jazz icon Sun Ra. “Among those present at Friday’s jazz ensemble was Sun Ra,” he read. “Not physically, in the flesh, but in spirit, or the imaginary, or whatever we choose to call it. Sun Ra once said, ‘if death is the absence of life, then death’s death is life.’ May the life force of today’s recital match up with Jason’s — somewhere.”

Alpha Kappa Psi supports human trafficking survivors

Meagan McDowell / Photo Editor

Colleen Rushnak / Staff Writer

Left: Love 146 works to end exploitation of children. Right: The fraternity raises awareness for sexual trafficking in the Philippines. By Colleen Rushnak Staff Writer Students filled the Brower Student Center not only to grab lunch and play their usual game of pool, but to support human trafficking survivors by writing letters on Nov. 16. This event concluded the fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi Inc., philanthropy week, which fundraised for Love 146, an international organization that works to end child trafficking and exploitation. The letters will be sent to child survivors of sexual trafficking in the Philippines. Throughout the week, Alpha Kappa Psi held a variety of events to raise

money and awareness, including a Chick-fil-A fundraiser and a moment of silence for victims. The most highlyanticipated event was a coffeehouse on Nov. 13, which featured comedy and music performances. “The turnout was good,” said sophomore international studies and communications double major Dylan Lembo. “The whole room was filled — not a single empty seat. We were all pretty psyched.” Sophomore physics and secondary urban education double major Marianna Carella is the philanthropy chair for Alpha Kappa Psi. She was happy to be spreading the word about the social injustice the victims face.

“Even though one of our goals for this semester was to fundraise money for our philanthropy, our priority was to spread awareness for the cause,” she said. “We decided to do this through flyers and social media messages, but we found it most effective by tabling in the Stud to invite TCNJ students to write letters to survivors or come to our moment of silence.” Love146 is a nonprofit organization that is working to end child trafficking and exploitation. The organization employs a variety of methods to do so, including educating children on how to spot traffickers and caring for survivors, according to its website. From 2010 to 2015, over 17,000 children across the world were educated

in preventive measures, according to Love146’s 2015 Annual Report. “I think it’s an issue that doesn’t get enough attention,” said Dan Bas, a junior accounting major and member of the fraternity. Bas noted that this lack of attention might be caused by the media’s failure to adequately cover human trafficking issues, which would help make everyday citizens more aware of its presence. “Human trafficking is something that is really, really real, but you don’t see it in the news, you don’t read about it in articles. It’s not at face value,” he said. “By bringing more awareness to it, it becomes more real to people.”

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Fun Stuff Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy this word search!

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:March ‘62

Campus Style

State funds fail to support maintanence

Photo Courtesy of TCNJ Digital Archives

The College’s electrical and plumbings systems still require repair. Every week, Features Editor Emmy Liederman hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. In a May 1981 issue of The Signal, a reporter began a two-part investigation on why the College wasn’t receiving ample funds to fix electrical and plumbing issues, as well as other maintenance projects. It seems that this low funding boiled down to the state’s refusal to prioritize higher education. John Whitlock, the director of planning, facilities and construction for the New Jersey Department of Education at the time, admitted that “the day of higher education being highly respected by the community is gone.” Today, the campus community continues to point out infrastructure and facilities that are in need of repair. The buildings and facilities at Trenton State College are slowly wearing out, but administrators say they can only stand by and watch the erosion because of a shortage of state funds needed to do the repair work.

Some of the problems cited, which at Trenton State would cost over $4 million to remedy, may pose potential health and safety hazards if not attended to according to a request filed with the state Department of Higher Education Capital Improvements Program by Peter Mills, vice president of administration and finance. “We are In the hands of the legislature and the voters,” John Whitlock, director of planning, facilities and construction for the Department of Higher Education, said. Whitlock said that “everything” in the state budget has been reduced because of “severe statewide revenue problems” and that deferred maintenance would receive virtually nothing from the legislature except for a few small annual appropriations. Much of the state’s hope In catching up with its deferred maintenance projects lay in a $95 million bond issue that was voted down in the fall of 1979.

Lions Plate

Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday because I love to cook. Although my family enjoys cooking on just about every holiday, Thanksgiving dinner takes the cake. No Thanksgiving dinner is

complete without mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, gravy and multiple turkeys if you are at my family’s table for 30! Every family puts their own spin on the holiday feast, and dessert is where I get to be the most creative. My grandmother’s raspberry and cream cheese dessert is

By Lexy Yulich Columnist

When the weather gets cold and it gets darker much earlier, cozy sweaters can do a lot to brighten up winter days. Here are the five essential sweaters that you are going to want to wear all season: 1. Oversized white sweater. My friends always joke that my closet consists of nothing but cozy white sweaters! The reason I own so many is because they are incredibly versatile and pair well with almost any bottom. 2. Color block. Color blocking is a popular trend that is making its way into many stores! I love these sweaters because they are an easy way to add color to any outfit. I usually gravitate toward neutral colors, which allows me to mix things up with the rest of my outfit. 3. Cozy Cardigan. Cardigans are

awesome because they keep you warm but can be paired with a T-shirt or tank top, which lets you keep wearing your favorite summer pieces even in the coldest weather. Cardigans can be dressed up or paired with leggings for a casual look. 4. Turtleneck. Wearing a turtleneck is like wearing a sweater and a scarf at the same time. Not only are they practical because they keep your neck warm, but they are also sophisticated and stylish. Turtlenecks can be worn with a skirt, leggings, jeans or even trousers, depending on what type of look you are going for. 5. Cable Knit. I love cable knit sweaters because they add dimension to any outfit, and they are usually warmer than a regular cotton sweater. I usually purchase my cable knit sweaters from the J. Crew Mercantile, which is similar to an outlet, or American Eagle, which has a wide array of colors.

Whipped raspberry dessert

Left: The tart raspberry flavor compliments the sweet whipped cream. By Shannon Deady Columnist


Left: Color block sweaters add vibrance to a neutral wardrobe. Right: Turtleneck sweaters are a sophisticated yet comfortable option.


highly requested each year and there is seldom any left over by the end of the day. This year I helped her make the dish, and she gave me a little bit of history about where it came from. She got the recipe for the treat from a neighbor on the street my dad, who immigrated from Poland, grew up on.

They ate the delicious dish often with their dinners, especially as a side with chicken or turkey, and were kind enough to share the recipe with her when she tried it at their house one day. It is as simple to make as it is delicious, and it is a refreshing dessert to have among the heavy pies and chocolate sweets like cookies or brownies. We typically prepare the raspberry fruit portion of the dish the night before we want to serve the dessert to let it chill and add the whipped cream cheese topping right before serving. Makes: 8 servings Ingredients: Raspberry Fruit Bottom 2 packages raspberry Jello mix 2 cups boiling water 1 pint frozen raspberries 1 cup traditional applesauce Whipped Cream Cheese Topping 1/2 pint heavy cream

8 oz cream cheese 1 cup mini marshmallows Directions: 1. Follow instructions on the package for Jello accordingly, adding boiling water to mix and stirring until dissolved in a large mixing bowl. 2. While still hot, add in a pint of frozen raspberries and break into the mixture, stirring until evenly distributed. Once raspberries are broken up and distributed, add traditional applesauce and stir. 3. Place raspberry fruit mixture into a serving dish and refrigerate overnight. 4. Remove from refrigerator and prepare whipped cream cheese topping for serving. 5. In a bowl, whip heavy cream, cream cheese and mini marshmallows until combined and add to the top of raspberry fruit bottom in your serving dish. 6. Refrigerate until ready to serve and enjoy!

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Arts & Entertainment

Plant / TMT brings popular film to life

Kelly Ganning / Staff Photographer

Left: Vogel plays Seymour, a quirky florist. Right: Problems arise when the workers discover that Audrey II needs to drink blood to survive.

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The set featured Mr. Mushnik’s plant shop, the main setting and three rotating walls that became both the dentist’s office and Skid Row bricks. Set designers and the carpentry team spent many hours together devising a plan to steady the walls and design them to fit the show’s needs. “At first, the walls were a bit wobbly, but now they can swiftly move and are steady, which is exactly what this show demands,” said Rebecca Conn, a senior math major and assistant carpenter. This is Conn’s fourth time working with the carpentry team. She also served as the treasurer for All College

Theatre. Conn enjoyed working on the production and thought the show turned out well. “This was one of the best shows I think that TMT has put on, and everything from the music, acting, and set was on point,” Conn said. Even in the midst of a snow day, and a show cancellation on Nov. 15, the team came together to put on four sold-out shows. Viewers were amazed at Audrey II’s growth throughout the show. At the beginning of the play she started out as just a tiny plant, but as the play continued, she grew big enough to sit comfortably in a pot on a shelf. Soon enough, however, she outgrew that pot, and had no choice but to continue growing even larger while lying on the floor.

A lot of behind-the-scenes work went into developing the plant and giving it a personality. Audrey II was the product of an actress and two puppeteers. Senior management major Karaline Rosen voiced the plant and puppeteers, senior journalism and professional writing major Kyle Elphick and senior finance major Gigi Garrity helped move the plant convincingly around the stage. Audrey II’s frightening yet amazing capabilities added to the show’s success, and helped develop the love not just between Seymour and Audrey, but also between the cast and crew. “Every production has a story, but this was one that I will hold in my heart,” Monto said.

College’s orchestra performs timeless classic Beethoven’s Symphony echoes through Mayo Hall

Miguel Gonzalez / News Editor

The string section leads Symphony No. 7, among other classic pieces.

By Nicole Zamlout Reviews Editor

A soft, shifting melody, light and spritely waves through the air, followed by bombastic booms that punch through the auditorium. Beethoven’s Symphony No.7, while it was written years ago, still amazes and shocks audiences today —

specifically, an audience at Mayo Concert Hall on Nov. 14 as it was played in all its glory by the TCNJ Orchestra. The concert was conducted by violinist and adjunct professor Uli Speth, making this his second time leading the group. Before the concert began, Speth praised the members of the orchestra for their hard work and dedication.

The concert’s opening then shifted to a somber note when the conductor honored Jason Zujkowski, a junior music education major who recently died. “We want to dedicate this concert in his memory,” Speth said. Speth then asked for a moment of silence from the audience, which was respected. After the moment passed, the

concert began to the excitement of the students in the orchestra. The orchestra started the concert with “Pelléas et Mélisande, Suite for Orchestra op.80” by Gabriel Faure, a successor of Beethoven. The piece began lively and almost spring-like, a welcome diversion from the bitter cold weather of these last few weeks. Its rhythm and tone was quite similar to Antonio Vivaldi’s “La Stravaganza” or Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee.” The tone shifted by the end of the piece, though, and the mood became quite melancholic and somber. After a brief intermission, the musicians went on to present the Beethoven classic, Symphony No. 7. The piece flowed more effortlessly than the Faure piece did, making it suspended in time. The piece did not seem to be telling a clear story as Faure’s did — instead the piece’s random and bombastic notes became a celebration of music and the joy it could bring, counterbalancing the somber note permeating the room. The concert concluded with applause and pride for the students. Many complimented the orchestra for its efforts. “I really like Beethoven’s seventh symphony and I thought they did an excellent job,” said Katie Cole, a sophomore elementary education major.

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Holden heightens CUB Alt performance This week, WTSR Music Director Brian Marino highlights some of the best new music that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.

Left: Holden plays acoustic versions of his hits. Right: Palermo’s set includes powerful lyrics. By Lara Becker Staff Writer

Technicolor lights illuminated the walls of the Brower Student Center Room 225 on Nov. 13 as students gathered around CUB Alt’s intimate stage, ready to hear live music, as the doors opened at 8 p.m, from Christian Holden of The Hotelier. Holden started out his set by telling everyone to take a seat and gather close around the stage. Before the music even started, he engaged in some friendly banter with the crowd, which he said he often practiced more than he did his set. He liked being comfortable on stage and familiarizing himself with the audience. When Holden did sing, he

performed showstoppers such as “Weathered,” “Dendron” and “Goodness Pt. 1.” “I love being able to play acoustic, and make people laugh — I feel much more in control of the set,” Holden told The Signal. “When I’m doing a full band set, there’s three other people on stage telling me to shut up, but when I’m by myself, no one’s telling me to shut up.” Holden had two openers before his own performance, both of which did their best to get the crowd excited for the main event. “I’ve been having dreams, I can’t remember them all,” belted Have a Good Season frontman Nicolas Palermo while closing his eyes to focus on the meaningful lyrics of the opening act of the night.

Have a Good Season opened with a crowd pleaser, “Before the Gold Rush,” with Dan Sakumoto on drums and Dan Stattner on bass. The band, which formed when its members were just high school students growing up in Eatontown, New Jersey, showed off its alternative indie style with a series of guitar-based tunes. The band ended the set with a cover of, “I’ll Melt With You,” which students recognized from a childhood classic film they all fondly remembered, “Sky High.” “I think college kids are a really important audience to give your music to,” Palermo said at the end of the night. “I appreciate everyone coming out.” Next up was Jake Ewald, co-frontman of the former

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band Modern Baseball, who played songs from his recent solo project called “Slaughter Beach, Dog.” He sang songs off his 2017 album, “Birdie,” such as “Bad Beer” and “Phoenix.” He even brought out his harmonica, which impressed the audience. He contributed to the chill vibes of the night with his peaceful acoustic guitar. Audience members felt a sense of camaraderie by the end of the event, sitting beside friends, new and old. “This is the most people I’ve seen at a show in a while,” said sophomore communication studies major Conor Moran. “It’s nice to have all the students come out to an event, especially on just a Tuesday night.”

‘Bubble’ installation bursts with creativity

Band Name: Dirty Projectors Album Title: Lamp Lit Prose Release Number: 8th Hailing From: Brooklyn, New York Genre: Rock Label: Domino Recording Company Romance is not dead, thanks to David Longstreth. His raw, personal emotions are on full display and he is not masking his pain by upbeat lyrics or scenarios — unless there is a reason for it. Optimism and tempo are key points in this boundary pushing record. The perfectly placed orchestration and harmonies make these stand out as a collection. The band has moved past the days of very stereotypical indie music and has taken the musical bull by the horn. Lamp Lit Prose drives its sound into the realm of soulful power ballads with lyrics that are meaningful and relatable to its fans. Must Hear: “Breakthru,” “That’s a Lifestyle” and “She’s a Caveman”

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Left: The artist describes the inspiration behind his pieces. Right: Mahalchick displays his exhibit on a projector. By Jane Bowden Staff Writer

If you have ever wondered what life was like in a decade that you had only read about in your history book, the College’s new art installation “Bubble,” by Brooklyn-based artist Michael Mahalchick, strives to answer that question. His uncanny collage-style sculptures and paintings evoke feelings of introspection and wonder about life during the Post-Cold War era. “Bubble” forces viewers to examine the items individually and reflect on the contribution that each piece of material has

toward the artwork as a whole. Mahalchick incorporates parts of discarded clothing, items from thrift stores and pieces of trash covered in a latex “skin” into his work. “(Bubble) proposes a vision for the viewer to consider,” Mahalchick said. “We are currently in a very politically divided moment in American history, a time that asks us to consider who we are as a country and as individuals, to consider who is on the outside and who is on the inside, a time to examine the borders, who and what creates them and whether or not we can overcome them.” Prior to being featured at the College’s

art gallery, “Bubble” was displayed in House #403, the site where former President Ronald Reagan met with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1988. Prior to their meeting, Gorbachev had announced the Soviet Union’s plan to disarm and withdraw from Europe. Another piece in “Bubble” features the soundtrack of an AM talk radio and a picture of the Freedom Towers that was photographed from the window of House #403. “I included the photo in this iteration as a nod to the history of the work and as a symbol of the past and future,” Mahalchick said. “We cannot look to the past to find our future but only to understand our present.”

Band Name: Tim Cohen Album Title: The Modern World Release Number: 5th Hailing From: San Francisco, California Genre: Indie Movie Soundtrack Label: Sinderlyn This album is reminiscent of indie movies and the era of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” The lyrics of this album are beautifully written and it’s an album to be saved for when you really want to think about life in the dark of the night. Its clear Tim Cohen had his fans’ needs in mind while making this album. Must Hear: “I Don’t Wear Gold,” “Sleeping in the Bathroom” and “I’m a Girl”

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Event sheds light on Japanese culture

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Left: Festival-goers play jon ken pon, Japanese for rock, paper, scissors. Right: Students learn to write their names in Japanese. By Ariel Steinsaltz Staff Writer Three people wearing gis stood by a mat on the floor. One of them stepped on to the mat, and another charged at them. The person on the mat promptly grabbed the person charging, flipped them, and slammed them onto the mat. On Nov. 14, in the Brower Student Center Room 101, students studying Japanese and members of various clubs came together to host Bunkasai, a Japanese Cultural Festival that was open to students and faculty. According to Holly Didi-Ogren, the Japanese program director at the College, students from various Japanese classes helped prepare for the event. They were in charge of the food, decorations and other details that helped spread the word of the event and make it a success. In addition, as a project, small groups each presented on a topic throughout the night. Clubs on campus, such as Aikido and The Society for Creative Endeavors (an anime club), were invited to give presentations as well. Some of the presentations throughout the night included a quiz on the Okinawa region of Japan, a tongue-twister tournament, a martial arts demonstration by Aikido and a presentation on Kabuki, a type of Japanese theater, that gave guests at

the event the opportunity to have their faces painted. Students attending the event also had room to get creative. They could visit a station at the event where they could decorate little birds called kotori. In addition to the interactive aspects of the event, there were also presentations and performances for people to view. One of the presentations was a kami-shibai, a traditional form of picture storytelling mostly used for children’s entertainment. The particular story presented at the event was based on Star Wars. Nick Waszkiewicz, a senior computer science major was one of the people behind the project. He worked hard to help bring the story to life. “I wanted to create a bridge between the Western and Eastern cultures,” he said. “I felt that Star Wars would be a very good way to do that.” Didi-Ogren said that Bunkasai, which began in 2011, was created when the College had a house where students who were studying Japanese all lived together. Though the house no longer exists, the program has remained. “It’s a chance to bring all the students studying Japanese together,” she said. “It’s a chance to...bring more awareness of Japanese language and culture into the community.” Meaghanne McBride, a junior music and Japanese double

major who is taking Japanese 202, presented on Taiko, a type of Japanese drumming. She said that she developed an interest in Japanese culture from watching anime as a child. The event coordinators served traditional Japanese foods at the event. There were chestnuts, rice crackers and a type of sushi called Inarizushi, made with dried tofu and seasonings. There were also candies, mainly Hi-Chew and Pocky, brands that Didi-Ogren said were more well-known in the U.S. There were rice bowls called Onigiri, which were wrapped in seaweed at the bottom. Some of them had pickled plums inside, while others had seasonings around the edges. Even some alumni came back for the event. James Hebditch (’18), studied interactive multimedia. He explained that he had been part of a Japanese class last year and that he was eager to visit and be around the sense of community and camaraderie among the students involved. “I thought it would be cool to come back, visit people, see how things have changed,” he said. Tom Daley, a junior criminology major, was there as part of The Society for Creative Endeavors to do a presentation on origami anime characters. “I’m hoping to learn a lot about Japanese culture,” he said, “it’s a very beautiful culture, and I hope to have a better understanding of the art.”

Visiting author divulges his creative writing process

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Bell gives advice to the aspiring writers in the audience.

By Rachel Boland Staff Writer

Author Matt Bell visited the College on Nov. 14 at 12:30 p.m as part of The Visiting Writer Series, which is an annual event held by the creative writing class, Writing Communities. The event hosted a healthy crowd of English majors and literature lovers alike in the Library Auditorium. Students gathered eagerly to listen to advice from an accomplished writer, a career path that most of the audience

members aspired to pursue, as he read excerpts from his published works and divulged on the creative process that has lead to his success in fiction writing. Bell’s accomplishments as a writer include published works in Tin House, The New York Times and The Fairy Tale Review. He has also won a variety of awards including the Young Lions Fiction Award and the Paula Anderson Book Award. Professor Jess Row, who teaches the creative writing course, praised the group of students that helped organize

the event. “They did a terrific job,” she said. “It couldn’t have been better.” During the reading, Bell read excerpts from two of his works, “Appleseed” and “Scrapper.” “Appleseed” is a retelling of the story of Johnny Appleseed and is written in his signature lyrical style. “Scrapper” takes place in a dystopian society in Detroit, and is described on Bell’s website as “a devastating reimagining of one of America’s greatest cities, its beautiful architecture, its lost houses, shuttered factories, boxing gyms and storefront churches.” After Bell read excerpts from his own works, the floor then opened for questions both from the selected moderators at the event, senior English major Emily Miller and sophomore mathematics major Ariel Steinsaltz. Miller asked Bell how he prepares to write some of his imaginative and dramatic scenes. Bell said he liked to write first thing in the morning, where he drew inspiration from his dreams the night before. While working on his novel, “In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, he tried to go “from dream to desk” to best incorporate elements from his imaginative subconscious. He explained that his works were often a reflection of his inner inspirations. “Inside your differences is your real

work and your real self,” Bell said. In terms of his creative process, Bell also acknowledged that he also learns a lot from his students. “There’s obviously a teacher-student relationship, I really think of my students as fellow writers.” Audience members also asked questions about whether or not his writing style changed since his move from Michigan to Arizona and whether his lyric writing came from his first drafts or the edits. Bell said that his move influenced the book he is writing now, “Appleseed.” He described it as a “book about really trying to see the natural world” in a new perspective, one he experienced differently in Michigan than in Arizona. Those in attendance responded positively Bell’s advice about writing. “I am in a creative writing class so for me personally it was very educational and I took a lot away from it,” said senior English major Luke Giambona. “I especially liked the Q&A where he touched on his personal experience and inspiration.” Students were not the only ones who enjoyed the reading. Bell himself also said he had a great experience speaking to aspiring writers and learn their creative processes. “This was great,” he said. “Everyone was incredibly hospitable and it was great to talk to a room full of writers that have their own work.”

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Redd pens third ‘Love Letter’ to fans Rapper’s recent album tells tale of heartbreak

Redd’s tracks are inspired by his recent breakup. By Len La Rocca Correspondent

Amid an ambient melody and genuinely brokenhearted lyrics, one thing was certain — the third installment of “A Love Letter to You” was already in the works. Quickly following singer/rapper Trippie Redd’s recent full-length album release of “Life’s A Trip” this past summer, “A Love Letter To You 3,” released Nov. 9, has captivated the ears of its listeners. This album marks the third installment of his album trilogy. Love letters one and two were both released last year and,


while the tone of the third installment has changed since following its two predecessors, it is still reminiscent of the ugly sides of love and the pain that accompanies rejected vulnerability. It wasn’t long after the rapper’s messy and public breakup until snippets of his fresh music to begin popping up on social media. With this latest full-length project, we can bear witness to the aftermath of Redd’s public heartbreak and the music that inspired it as he jumps back-andforth between desperately craving the company of his former lover and wishing

her good riddance. Redd’s fans often accused his former girlfriend Ayleks of using the rapper to help boost her own publicity. She walked away from the relationship with 1.2 million followers on Instagram. The track “Toxic Waste” reveals more of her fickle love. He describes needing his ex’s fair weather friendship, which he has the self-awareness to acknowledge as unhealthy and toxic. As he describes the conflict, the melody grows more complex, which reflects his emotional distress and his desperation to craft it for his own benefit. The track “Can’t Love” is a perfect example of Trippie’s confliction with newfound heartbreak and how quickly his former lover appears to be healing. This theme become apparent in light of his ex’s appearance in an Instagram video with controversial, rainbow-headed rapper and long-time rival of Trippie Redd, 6ix9ine. With this in mind, this track is especially timely in its message. “How could you do this to me/I thought you...I thought you loved me,” Redd beautifully harmonized in seemingly heartclenching fashion. In “Luv Scars 3,” his pain and vocal talent converge as a climax in the tale of tragedy. The song is the third follow-up of Redd’s breakout hit, “Luv Scars,” which was released last year on his debut album, “Love Letter To You”. Here he boasts his vocal ability to its proper limits, unlike in his previous projects. This is the vocal quality listeners have

patiently anticipated hearing from Redd on his last album to no avail. A constant critique of Redd’s unique voice was that he would be straining his voice to lengths beyond compatibility to the track. The mixes and instrumental production on this album easily stand tall amongst Redd’s entire discography. His timeshare between rapping and singing compliments every track Redd graces such as “Negative Energy” where he totes a remorseless tone and aggression towards his enemies. Lighter cuts genuinely even out the rapping and alphamale aggression such as “I Tried Loving” where his vocals peak on the project in harmony rather than an annoyance. It has finally arrived in the form of this passion-fueled compilation of emotional highs, lows, boasts, and desperate cries. The project featured several notable features such as Tory Lanez, YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Juice Wrld, who all tout their own distinct sounds on delicately crafted tracks like “Diamond Minds,” “Elevate & Motivate” and “999/1400 freestyle” respectively. “A Love Letter To You 3” is Redd’s most sonically cohesive project of the 19-year-old’s career so far. The album was the highest Spotify-streamed project in the U.S. during the week of its release, totaling over 108 million streams as well as boasting his highest charting thus far. That being said, the album’s stunning reception does not cure or distract from the hurting that the artist is currently experiencing and pouring out to fans.

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Sports Cross Country

Lions end season at NCAA Championships

Cooper receives second All-American honor By Malcolm Luck Staff Writer

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Cooper places eighth out of 279 runners in her final career race.

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After a dominating regular season highlighted by top-tiered performances and a number of individual accolades, the women’s cross country season met its end at the NCAA Division III Championships in Oskosh, Wisconsin on Nov. 17. The team earned 19th place out of 32 teams. The squad exceeded expectations entering the meet ranked 28th but ultimately earned the best finish for the College at this event since the 2008 season. True to her consistent form, senior Natalie Cooper crossed the finish line first for the Lions for the last time, placing eighth out of 279 runners with her time of 21:14.3. For the second consecutive year, Cooper earned an NCAA All-American honors to add to her unforgettable senior campaign. Cooper becomes the first repeat All-American since alumna Noel Whitall in the 1998-1999 season. Earlier in the season, Cooper also earned her third consecutive New Jersey Athletic Conference Runner of the Year

award, as well as her third consecutive First Team All-NJAC honors. Familiar runners finished behind Cooper, beginning with senior Erin Holzbaur. Holzbaur completed her final collegiate 6k event in 63rd place, crossing the finish line in 22:17.1. Also racing in her final meet was senior Madeleine Tattory with her mark of 22:50.5, good for 139th. In a first NCAA Championship appearance, freshman Kelsey Kobus earned 215th place with her time of 23:25.1. Joining closely behind in 250th was freshman teammate Emily Prendergast, earning a mark of 23:57.7. Juniors Hannah Fay and Gabby DeVito rounded out the day for the Lions, respectively coming in 257th and 260th with their times of 24:06.1 and 24:13.8. All in all, the College placed 19th with an average time of 22:44 marking the end of its season. As the cross country season comes to a conclusion, the team prepares for the start of indoor track and field which begins on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Lions will travel to New York City to host the TCNJ Winter Opener.

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Women’s soccer falls to Williams College Lions end season in NCAA Sectionals loss

Left: Burdge battles William’s Kristina Alvarado for control of the ball. Right: The team obtains its 18th NJAC title. By Christine Houghton Staff Writer Traveling to Geneva, New York, the women’s soccer team went up against Williams College in the sectional round of the NCAA Division III Championships. Despite losing the game in penalty kicks, the team put forth a strong effort and was able to finish the season 15-1-2.

From early on in the game, it was clear the two teams were evenly matched in terms of scoring, but the Lions still maintained their usual defensive stronghold. Junior goalkeeper Nicole DiPasquale recorded her 26th career shut out and the defensive front held Williams to only seven shots. The game remained scoreless until the very end, when it eventually resorted to

penalty kicks. Junior defenseman Ally DiRiggi, senior midfielder Arielle Curtis and sophomore midfielder Kelly Carolan were all able to convert their penalty kicks, but Williams was able to edge by with four kicks made to secure the win. This game marks the 28th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Sophomore and junior midfielders Faith Eichenour and

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Taylor Nolan were both named First Team All-NJAC. Four players were named Second Team All-NJAC including junior defenseman Jen McGrogan, freshman midfielder/forward Nikki Butler, Curtis and DiRiggi. DiPasquale received an honorable mention. The team returns to play next season, losing Curtis, the team’s only senior, in the off season.

Basketball team’s season off to sluggish start

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Bryne scores 24 points against Stockton. By Malcolm Luck Staff Writer

Coming off a second round exit to the Rochester Institute of Technology in the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championships last season, the College got a shot at revenge, opening its 2018-2019 season against Rochester Institute of

Technology on Nov. 16. However, the Lions fell victim to the same fate, losing at home by a final score of 64-51. Junior forward Jen Byrne and senior guard Sam Famulare led the team by contributing 11 points each. The College was no match for RIT’s defense in the first quarter. The team mustered only five points in the first 10 minutes of

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regulation, finding themselves down 13 points before the start of the second quarter. In the third quarter, the Lions made a brief run to close the gap and outscore RIT 20-13. The team entered the fourth trailing by only six points. The Lions could not hold on in the final quarter, however, and ultimately dropped the first game of the season. The team returned to the court on Nov. 20, traveling to Pomona, New Jersey to battle Stockton University in its first New Jersey Athletic Conference game. An overall dominating performance on both sides of the court yielded an 82-54 victory, putting the Lions in the win column in the team’s second game. Sophomore guard Elle Cimilluca put the first points on the board with a jump shot seven seconds into the contest. A flurry of three-pointers helped the Lions pull away just a few minutes later, beginning with senior guard Kate O’Leary who was followed by Byrne and Cimilluca on three consecutive possessions. After leaving Stockton in the dust with a 20-8 margin in the first quarter, the victory-deprived

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Lions slipped defensively in the second quarter, allowing 23 points, but they bounced back in the second half. The Lions dropped 42 points while holding their opponents to just 23. In the final quarter, the squad thwarted any attempt at a miraculous comeback. Byrne opened the fourth quarter scoring for the Lions with buckets in three successive offensive series. Junior guards Cailey Gibson and Samantha Bialoblocki added three-pointers to stretch the Lions lead with 6:55 to play. All in all, the women’s team found themselves winning by 28 behind Byrne’s 24point performance. The West Coast did not treat the Lions well at the David Wells Classic in Claremont, California as the team suffered losses in both of the games it played. The first was suffered at the hands of Pomona-Pitzer, which resulted in a final score of 6071. Eighteen points from sophomore forward Shannon Devitt were not enough, as a shaky second and third quarter proved detrimental for the College. Entering the second quarter up

by two, the Lions added points from Famulare and junior guard Lauren Barlow to grab hold of an eight-point lead. The lead was short-lived as Pomona-Pitzer came roaring back in the last half of the quarter, sinking a three-pointer with 18 seconds left of the half to put the team up by four. The third quarter was more of the same as the Lions’ opponents found themselves ahead by 13 with 2:17 left. The Lions could not find their way out of the deficit, eventually falling to a 1-2 record. Just a day later, the women returned to the court against Claremont McKenna College and lost by a score of 52-87 on the heels of a poor performance on both sides of the court. Offensively, the Lions’ lack of ball security generated 24 points off of turnovers for Claremont McKenna. Famulare was the only Lion who scored over 10 points, contributing 11 points as her team fell to 1-3. The Lions hope to get back on track against a familiar opponent as they travel to Glassboro, New Jersey to take on Rowan University on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

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