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STEM grant to boost technological growth By Natalie Kouba Managing Editor

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Holman Hall to be the new STEM building.

The College announced in May that they have been granted just over $57 million to put toward advancing their science, technology, engineering and math programs. Back on the Presidential ballot in November 2012, voters approved the referendum for the Building Our Future Bond Act, which awarded $750 million to colleges and universities statewide. All the grants allotted are expected to be used for the development of the STEM departments at each institution. With four major projects utilizing the grant money, the College is expecting to see some changes and updates. The largest portion of the funds, $41 million, will go toward the construction of a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) building. The 76,000 square foot STEM building will replace Holman Hall, and demolition is expected to begin in November or December, according to associate vice president for College Relations Stacy Schuster. Once demolition begins, classes will be temporarily relocated mostly in Forcina Hall, but other buildings across campus as well. Although specifics for the design and facilities of the building are not yet available, the STEM center is expected to improve the science and technology initiatives at the College. “The STEM Building will provide state of the art, innovative laboratory and classroom spaces and house faculty-student collaborative research space that will enable

it to have a broad impact on the learning experiences of TCNJ’s students,” Schuster said. The remaining funds have been divided between three other projects: $6 million will go to renovating the Science Complex and Armstrong Hall, $6.9 million will provide upgraded research and learning equipment for the School of Science, School of Engineering, and School of Nursing, Health & Exercise Science and $3.5 million will expand technology infrastructure overall. “I am tremendously excited about the opportunity that this state investment offers TCNJ, and am thankful to the governor and the state legislature for making this a priority,” President R. Barbara Gitenstein said in a news release. Currently, the STEM Steering Committee is in the programming phase, which Schuster explained as a phase where “an extensive assessment of the current and future programmatic and space needs for each program are considered.” The Committee began meeting in May, consisting of provost and vice president for Academic Affairs Jacqueline Taylor, vice president for enrollment management Lisa Angeloni, interim dean of the School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science Marcia Blicharz, vice president for College Advancement John Donohue, vice president for Administration Curt Heuring, dean of the School of Science Jeff Osborn, treasurer Lloyd Ricketts and dean of the School of Engineering Steven Schreiner. Once the programming phase of the project is finished, the design phase is expected to take off.

Ewing’s main man Freshman journey begins Mayor proud of town By Regina Yorkgitis Web Editor

Bert Steinmann rarely writes a speech. Comfortable in his own skin, the mayor of Ewing, N.J. prefers to learn about a topic and rely on memory rather than a script. And there is no topic he is more familiar with than his small town on the outskirts of Trenton. “There is no place I would rather call home than Ewing,” Steinmann (D) wrote in his 2013 Mayor’s Message on the town website. Steinmann has lived in Ewing for 55 years. He did not run for mayor for the benefits. Instead, he sits behind the mayor’s mahogany desk because he loves the 15 square mile town where he has spent his life. In fact, he donates a portion of his salary as mayor to organizations such as the Mercer Cancer Society and the March of Dimes. Born in the Netherlands, Steinmann’s family immigrated to the United States when he was young. His family lived in Trenton for several years before moving to Ewing in 1959. The Ewing that he and his two siblings romped around in as children has since evolved. “It has changed drastically,” said

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Steinmann, dressed in a crisp black suit, square glasses perched on his his nose. But then again, so has Steinmann. After earning his associates degree in engineering from Trenton Technical Institute, he studied political science at Rutgers University before dropping out after two years. “I had a family,” Steinmann said, sitting at the conference table in his office. The sound of his desk phone ringing does not distract him. He found a job as a construction worker and eventually climbed his way to a business manager position. As his children grew, Steinmann became frustrated with some of the town’s policies and practices, particularly the poor maintenance of public parks. “If you want to do the complaining, then you have to do something about it,” Steinmann said. He was appointed to the township recreation commission and eventually won a seat on the town council, of which he later became president. After a decade on the council, Steinmann determined that to create change, he needed to be top dog. “The guy at the top has all the power,” he said. see MAYOR page 13 Editorial / Page 9

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Student Government President Tyler Liberty empathizes with new freshmen. By Amy Reynolds Editor-in-Chief

Take advantage of the small classes the College has to offer, ask questions, go above and beyond all expectations — these were among the many pieces of advice given during Monday morning’s convocation ceremony, in which the freshmen officially became members of the College community. During the ceremony, which took place on Quimby’s Prairie, representatives from the faculty, alumni association and the student body shared anecdotes of their experiences at the College, offered advice, and explained what the College community has to offer. “We have committed to the creation of an open, inclusive and welcoming community where leadership is a shared responsibility and privilege,” President R. Barbara Gitenstein said in her welcoming speech. “We prize diversity and have a full appreciation of the cultures of the world.” Although the College has changed over the

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years, including five name changes, the faculty and staff have always taken pride in their students. “The College of New Jersey gathers some of the very best students from the state and the nation and provides them with the resources and opportunities to become leaders in their chosen fields,” Gitenstein said. “As you participate in shaping our college community, you must continue to challenge yourself and others. You owe that to one another...You owe that to yourselves.” Cynthia Curtis, president of the Faculty Senate, spoke on behalf of the faculty. She advised freshmen not to limit themselves and to take classes beyond their major. “Ultimately, your professional success and your ability to contribute to substantive arguments and informed opinions as responsible citizens of a democracy will be determined by the breadth, as well as the depth, of your knowledge,” Curtis said. “The most important thing see CONVOCATION page 5

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you can take away from TCNJ is a love of learning and an interest in a great diversity of ideas.” On behalf of the Alumni Association, president Megan Flanagan (‘03 graduate) shared an anecdote from her own College experience. During her senior year of high school, she visited 20 different colleges in and out

of state. Although her parents had wanted her to go to the College, she didn’t think she had to attend the same school both her parents went to that was just 12 miles from her home. However, when she arrived at the College, “something clicked … it just felt right,” she said. She said that while the name of the College has changed multiple times, the legacy has not. She’s envious of the Class of 2017 today, but not jealous, because she had

amazing experiences as a student and she continues to have great experiences as an active alumna. Flanagan then presented the Class of 2017 banner, which will be hung in the Brower Student Center to represent the best years of the students’ lives. After the presentation, Student Government president Tyler Liberty spoke on behalf of the current students at the College. “Even though I can’t remember what

was said during my convocation ceremony, I know that from that day on I had found my home. I knew that my decision to attend TCNJ would change my life in many ways,” he said. During their time here, Liberty said, students will learn to embrace their new home, to immerse themselves in uncomfortable situations, and to push themselves to new horizons. As a final piece of advice, he said, “Don’t just break the status quo, shatter it.”

What happened in Ewing this summer By Jack Meyers News Editor

June. The College has provided facilities for these annual athletic competitions for over 20 years.

Even though final exams had most College students scurrying back to their families for summer vacation, Ewing Township has had some new developments. Check out what has been going on in the area since May:

• Church & Dwight, manufacturer of Arm & Hammer products has officially opened its headquarters in Ewing, a move which is expected to keep more than 1,000 jobs in New Jersey, according the Trenton Times. The state government has provided tax breaks of over $13 million to the corporation with the aim of promoting local economic growth and job stability.

• A Hamilton-based audit group reviewed Mercer County’s finances and deemed the county “clean” and free from financial mismanagement, according to In fact, Mercer County received “the highest opinion possible,” from the auditors at Mercadien Group. • The College held Special Olympics New Jersey in early

• District 12 U.S. Congressman Rush Holt (D) campaigned for a brief six weeks in hopes of winning the Democratic primary election for the late Senator Frank Lautenberg’s position in the U.S. Senate. Regardless of a near flawless record running for Congress — he has been serving District 12 of

New Jersey for eight terms — he lost to Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who had a whopping 59 percent of votes, according the Windsor-Hights Herald. • Ewing Township approved an ordinance that designated an area in the town for “adult” businesses, such as tattoo shops and strip clubs, according to an article for the Ewing Observer. • The Trenton-Mercer Airport is scheduled to undergo major construction for much of the fall season, according to the Trenton Times. Frontier Airlines, which began sending commercial flights out of the Trenton-Mercer Airport last fall, is currently in the midst of a sale with Indigo Partners. According to the Trenton Times, Frontier Airlines’ parent company plans to sell it by the end of 2013.

MUSE program kick-starts student research

Faculty-student collaboration, an enriching experience By Chris Molicki News Editor

Research can sometimes be tedious for students. It’s difficult to do countless hours of searching without any guarantee that you’ll find what you’re looking for. However, the College’s MUSE program has been able to give students a unique learning experience aided by professors generating the results that students crave. MUSE (Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience) is a paid summer program at the College that teams up students with professors to work on a project. A proposal is made from their collaborative efforts, and they spend eight weeks doing extensive research on that project. Because the program covered a wide range of majors, there was plenty of diversity in each project. Senior economics major Nick Malmi had a project that focused on how the New Jersey education system is taking action due to the rise of children diagnosed with autism. He did a case study of three school districts near the College and interviewed special service directors to determine the quality of these autism programs. “The MUSE program taught me that research is more open ended,” Malmi said. “For every question I answered, a dozen more would come up, and it was up to me to create an understandable and thorough report of my findings. It taught me how to be responsible for my own project and to constantly look for answers without overbearing supervision.”

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Countless hours are spent in the labs researching for MUSE.

Senior physics major Mitch Revalski went a different route, studying “active” galaxies that are constantly changing in brightness due to black holes. He used satellite data from a space telescope known as Kepler. “I got quite a lot out of our research and the MUSE program,” Revalski said. “I am co-author on a research paper discussing our results which was recently published and we are currently working on a second publication. I have also greatly increased my programming and technical skills, allowing me to do much more in both research and my classes.” Along with the experience and knowledge, students were able to grow in other ways and gain different traits throughout their studies.

One thing that junior biology major Amanda Goble got out of the program was confidence. “I definitely grew in confidence as a researcher this summer,” Goble said. “I put in a lot of hours and worked very hard in organizing my research in order to fit as much as I possibly could in the time I was given.” There’s no doubt that the students who participated in MUSE got a great deal out of the program, but they’re not the only ones. The professors who worked with the students were able to enjoy the unique experience of working one on one with a young mind in order to build something special together. Even though students are encouraged to do a great deal of work and research on the projects, help from the professors is also crucial, and the reward for the faculty members goes way beyond anything tangible. “MUSE is magical,” said Elizabeth Borland, a sociology and anthropology professor at the College. “Having the combination of summer break from classes and the chance to work with a student who is dedicating time, attention and brainpower to collaborative research is extremely valuable.” Benny Chan, the program director of MUSE and an associate professor of chemistry at the College, is ecstatic about the different projects that MUSE has created. The key to bringing out the creativeness of the students, Chan said, is the amount of time and focus they’re able to put into MUSE. “Students are given the opportunity to work full time under the guidance of a faculty mentor when they have no other academic distractions,” Chan said. “They learn

in-depth skills that may be difficult or too time consuming to learn during the academic year course or independent study.” As a program that is not typically campus-wide among universities, it would be no surprise to see other schools picking up a similar concept. “This program should be done by other colleges because it helps students understand what academic research is like,” Malmi said. “It gives students a chance to work with their professor outside of the classroom and work on real world problems.” “We are lucky that the leadership at the College has dedicated resources to programs like MUSE and has made it a priority to expand rather than cut opportunities for undergrads to get involved in research and other collaborative work,” Borland said. The endless hours of time and research these students have put in is a testament to their commitment and desire to learn. After participating in MUSE, all of them can say they’ve come out with an invaluable experience under their belts. And while all the research may be tough and complicated and times, it pays off in the end, sometimes in the simplest way. “(My) best type of memory is what would be what you might call that ‘yes’ moment,” Revalski said. “When whatever you had been working on finally worked flawlessly and you accomplished the task. There are not definitive answers for everything in research, and often more than one way to solve a problem, so figuring out and implementing a solution yourself is immensely gratifying.”

Purse and power tools among summer’s steals By Jack Meyers News Editor

A theft and fraudulent debit card charge at the Library was reported on Tuesday, July 9 to Campus Police. The victim noticed his messenger bag and laptop missing and confronted the suspect outside the Library. The two struggled and the victim recovered his bag and laptop, noticing soon after that the suspect had left his cell

phone in the bag. Campus Police, with the assistance of the N.J. State Police, used the cell phone to identify the suspect. Video and photo surveillance were retrieved by NJ Transit Police from the Trenton Transit Center, where the suspect had used the victim’s debit card to purchase a commuter train

ticket. NJ Transit Police arrested the suspect several weeks later and brought him to the College for processing. Warrants were issued for burglary, theft, credit card theft, trespassing and possession of burglary tools and he was then transported to the Mercer County Jail.

Power tools totaling approximately $320 were reported stolen from Eickhoff Hall at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. A man told Campus Police that he had last seen the equipment on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 3:30 p.m. when he locked the room they were in and left. The tools, including a Dewalt Power Tool Kit and Irwin Drill Bits, had his initials on them.

A woman reported her purse stolen to Campus Police on Friday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. The purse was taken from her that day between 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. in the Education Building. She realized her purse was missing at 6:15 p.m. when she left the premises. A search was conducted but nothing was found. The total value of items stolen was $434.

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College is valued in The Princeton Review By Jonathan Machlin Correspondent

The College was ranked among the top colleges in the United States in The Princeton Review’s annual guide to the best colleges. In a guide that listed fewer than 20 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges, the College was among those listed in The Princeton Review’s “378 Best Colleges, 2014 Edition.” According to a recent news release from the College’s website, The Princeton Review’s guidebook uses detailed profiles and ratings of each college, taken from over 100,000 surveys and interviews from students and faculty, which extensively review colleges’ academics, affordability and extracurricular activities, among other things. The news release also noted several outstanding comments from anonymous students at the College who were interviewed and featured in the book. “The College of New Jersey is a community unlike any I have ever been a part of; everyone is proud to be a part of it and to contribute to the TCNJ culture,” one student stated. “The campus is gorgeous, the students are friendly, and you can’t beat the price,” another student said. In addition, The Princeton Review also included a

“Survey Says” sidebar which compiled notable survey answers from interviewed students. Among the most popular answers, students said the College has “a great library,” “students are friendly,” “lab facilities are great” and the “school is well run.” Assistant director of admissions Kevin Fay says the College’s presence in the book is a positive for bringing in prospective students. “(Being on) any of these lists is a good way for prospective students to put TCNJ in a contest with some of the most competitive schools in the country. In at least the initial stage (of the college search) students will rely on this information to help narrow down their schools. This list at least puts us in the contest against many other schools.” Reactions from students on the College being featured in The Princeton Review have been very positive. Senior communication studies major Lauren Piccarelli was proud yet unsurprised. “It never surprises me when the College is ranked well among the nation’s best institutes for higher education,” Piccarelli said. “Our college offers an Ivy League education at a public college price. As a senior about to graduate, I can honestly say that the College has equipped me with the skill-set necessary to succeed in all of my future professional endeavors.”

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Summer class students look to get ahead

By Jack Meyers News Editor During the summer, a college student might expect to be hanging out on a beach somewhere, maybe reading a book, most likely sipping some fruity drinks — or at least enjoying the sun on a porch or a roof. However, many students every year do choose to take classes in the summer. Those “summer students” take time out of their muchdeserved, four-month break to dip into some academic texts, take tests, do projects and study as if school never let out. And the benefits are clear: take a liberal learning course or two, maybe one for your major, so you can more comfortably complete your requirements in the allotted time. According to a 2010 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, college students, especially those of low-income backgrounds, have taken an increasingly longer time to graduate. The study suggests primarily that this may be because students are “working more to meet rising college costs” and are losing essential studying time. “What I liked most about it was that I was able to get a class out of the way,” said senior electrical engineering major Jason Boxer of a thermodynamics class he took last

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Students find time to relax and enjoy the sunny weather outside of the classroom.

summer at the College. Boxer, who lamented the workload of an engineering student, claims he opted for a summer class to “lighten” his course load during the year. So with more and more students having trouble graduating within the four-year expected timeline for a Bachelor’s degree, tacking on that extra semester has become a highly appealing option. Other students gave their two cents on swapping a beach chair for a desk. “I decided to take a summer class because I needed an extra class to graduate a year early,” said junior finance major Jeff Himelson. Not only did Himelson spend his time

economically during the intersession, but he was able to shave a year off the four-year timeline, the value of which cannot be understated. Director of the College’s Intersession Program Susan Hydro had similar thoughts. “Intersession provides students with the opportunity to focus their attention and studies on one course at a time,” Hydro said. “This has been reported to be beneficial to students as they seek to meet their requirements and expand their horizons.” Without the level of pressure students are under during a regular session, a one-class pace might be better-suited for the

focused, independent learner. “I enjoyed the autonomy of the class and enjoyed working at my own pace. Removing the structure of normal classes allowed me to finish the work early and I feel as though I absorbed more than I usually would in a regular class,” Himelson said. But still, others might be troubled by the sheer volume and speed with which material is given during the intersession. “The curriculum goes much faster and it’s harder to keep up,” said senior mechanical engineering major Brandon Schiff. In fact, for some students, it may be too tight of a squeeze fitting a whole semester into just one month.

“Don’t underestimate the workload of summer classes,” said sophomore biology major Janice Kwon. “One would think two classes isn’t a lot, but having the class almost every day and not really having the whole 24 hours, there isn’t a lot of time.” The College, however, has a solution for those worried about the time crunch: blended learning. “Blended learning courses combine face-to-face and online instruction,” Hydro said. “Students who want to complete high-quality, TCNJ courses while living and working in their home communities will find our blended learning courses to be an ideal way for them to complete coursework during the summer and winter.” The Blended Learning Program has been in effect at the College since 2011, and many students are pleased with the results. “Normally in classes I can find myself getting a little distracted if I understand something but we’re spending the rest of the day on it, so that never happened in the blended learning course,” said senior computer science major Ian Jones of his experience. So when considering an attempt at off-season academics, students should remember to weigh their options carefully.

College IT staff: be proactive against cyber threats By Jack Meyers News Editor

Since September 2012, the College’s Information Technology security staff has been working on a plan to protect the campus from the ultimate invisible threat — computer hackers. To combat the viruses, the email phishing and the fraudulent credit and debit charges, the IT security committee, along with the student representatives of the IT planning council, have been working to create a strategy to protect the College’s cyberspace. The plan that they have come up with is for all students, faculty and staff to change passwords every 90 days. Switching up passwords should reduce the likelihood of being hacked, and accounts that are compromised will become unusable by computer hackers, further protecting the campus from cyber attacks. “Most people think ‘this won’t happen to me’ and you might be right,” said manager of IT security Alan Bowen.

But Bowen said that computer security cannot be left up to chance, which is why there must be extra levels of protection. “The sophistication of social engineering attacks is increasing and you are still at risk if other members of your social circles fall victim to one of these scams,” Bowen said. With the myriad online accounts today, enhancing security is a given — even if it might be inconvenient. “We know that changing passwords can be painful, so most people don’t do it often enough. Some people never change their passwords and use the same password everywhere,” Bowen said, warning about the risks of “weak passwords.” “The good news is that you have a lot of control over this by choosing a strong password and changing it often,” he said. According to the IT security website, a strong password will be complex, containing numbers and both lowercase and uppercase letters, as well as long — between nine and 32 characters. College students and faculty will be warned 30

days before their passwords expire and then several more times to ensure that no one misses out on password changing. The importance of IT security cannot be understated: much of what college students do today for school and work exists on the Internet. Whether it is emails, PAWS, SOCS or YESS accounts, Amazon codes or otherwise, the campus is at risk without a targeted plan for protection. Bowen’s background at the College lends him empathy in the process. “As a former TCNJ student and adjunct faculty member, my biggest concern is protecting sensitive information and individuals’ privacy in an environment that engenders openness.” During the planning process in 2012, two audits of the College’s IT systems were conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers. According to Bowen, one surveyed the campuses administrative security controls and one was a “general controls audit” of the “student, financial, and HR systems.”

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Nation & W rld

Mayhem in Egypt leaves America concerned for its ally

By Missy Bove Staff Writer

The turmoil in Egypt has spun out of control these past few weeks as violent protests and uproars plague the streets in regard to Egypt’s former president Mohamed Morsi, who was elected into office in June 2012. Morsi was pushed out of power in July when he was taken into custody by the country’s military and security leaders in response to the people’s cries of opposition against Morsi’s corrupt tactics. However, Morsi’s supporters are striking back, resulting in hectic disorder across the country. With the continued unrest, the United States is left concerned as oil production levels are declining. U.S. tourism in Egypt is also in danger as battles in the

streets have made it unsafe for tourists and even civilians. After the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Egypt pushed the people to freely elect a president to lead the nation. Morsi was the desirable candidate and the first democratically elected president of Egypt. But once in office, the economy took a plunge with severe fuel shortages and electricity outages. Tamarod, a coalition of Egyptians that includes liberals and secularists, all of whom oppose the presidency of Morsi, have pushed a movement gathering about 22 million signatures in favor of Morsi stepping down from office as well as partaking in huge protests in June, according to USA Today. This came just after Morsi signed a new constitution increasing enforcement of Muslim religious law. This was followed with

military action initiating a coup d’ état to oust Morsi from office. The gory fighting has become a borderline full-blown civil war in Egypt, as at least 1,000 have perished so far. Everything from explosions in the streets, churches and buildings torched, tanks targeting multiple victims at once and mosques of Muslim Brotherhood supporters being stormed and ransacked is occurring on a daily basis in Egypt. With devastation only getting worse, Mubarak was released Thursday. According to The New York Times, the release of Mubarak brings a “volatile new element into the political crisis that has been roiling the country.” For the United States, Egypt is an asset to the economy. However, according to President Obama, “our ability to

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Unrest in Egypt results in violent protests in the streets.

influence the outcome in Egypt is limited.” Therefore, it is up to Egypt to get their act together before they embark on unfixable damage.

Positive signs for U.S. investors to revisit Europe

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It may be time for U.S. investors to revisit the economy in Europe.

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s time for U.S. investors to revisit Europe.

New Jersey Report

“Fat Joe” in federal prison

Rap star “Fat Joe” has reported to federal prison in Florida to serve a four-month sentence for tax evasion. An attorney for the performer, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, said his client surrendered Monday at a federal detention center in Miami. Buono participates in “Raise the Wage” Barbara Buono, the Democrat seeking to unseat Gov. Chris Christie, and her running mate Milly Silva were among several lawmakers, community activists and workers who spoke Monday at a news conference in Trenton organized by Working Families United for New Jersey’s “Raise the Wage” campaign. All information from AP

Last summer, much of the continent was mired in recession and the euro currency looked like a failed experiment. Now, Europe is healing. The 17 countries that use the euro posted economic growth of 0.3 percent from April to June compared with the previous quarter, the first expansion since late 2011. Industrial production is up, consumer spending is stable and stock markets are rising as people and businesses gain confidence. Fund managers and market strategists say the last several months of better economic news and higher stock prices could signal the start a long-term rally for the continent. “There are now clear signs that Europe is turning,” says Jurrien Timmer, a portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments. Timmer recommends that investors move part of their U.S. investments into Europe. Even more troubled economies like Spain and Italy aren’t discouraging investors: Italy’s FTSE MIB has

climbed 7 percent and Spain’s IBEX is up 6 percent. European stocks appear to be less expensive than their U.S. counterparts, based on their price-earnings ratio, or P/E. Low P/Es signal that stocks are cheap relative to their earnings; high ones signal they are very expensive. The improving fortunes of the eurozone can be seen in the borrowing costs of governments. The yield on Spain’s 10-year bond, for example, is now 4.44 percent, which is down from 6.83 percent at the end of last August. “Even this slight stabilization will help lead to renewed confidence in the eurozone,” says Sean Lynch, global investment strategist for Wells Fargo Private Bank. Europe’s recovery is still patchy, but enough encouraging trends have emerged. “The news out of Europe is encouraging,” Lynch says. “It’s too early to ring the ‘all-clear’ button, though.”

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Snipers strike vehicle near Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Snipers opened fire Monday and struck one of the vehicles in a U.N. convoy carrying a team investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons outside of Damascus, a U.N. spokesman said. The Syrian government accused rebel forces of firing at the team, while the opposition said a pro-government militia was behind the attack. Activists said the inspectors eventually arrived in Moadamiyeh, a western suburb of the capital and one of the areas where last week’s attack allegedly occurred. They said the team members spent three hours at a makeshift hospital, meeting with doctors and taking samples from victims before they headed back to Damascus. The United States has said that there is little doubt President Bashar Assad’s regime was responsible for the Aug. 21 attack in the capital’s suburbs. Activists say the action killed hundreds; the group Doctors Without Borders put the death toll at 355 people. Assad has denied launching a chemical attack. Monday’s shooting came as support for an international military response was mounting if it is confirmed that Assad’s troops used chemical weapons. France, Britain, Israel and some U.S. congressmen have said that such a response against the Syrian regime should be

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Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi denies Syria has ever used chemical weapons.

an option. Russia, meanwhile, said Western nations calling for military action have no proof the Syrian government was behind any chemical attacks. News of the sniper incident came only a few hours after an Associated Press photographer saw the team members wearing body armor leave their hotel in Damascus in seven SUVs and head to the site of the alleged attack. The photographer said U.N. disarmament chief Angela Kane saw them off as they left but did not go with them. The Syrian government said its forces provided security for the team until they reached a position that was controlled by the rebels, where the government claimed the

sniper attack occurred. Martin Nesirky, spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Kimoon, said one of the U.N. vehicles was “deliberately shot at multiple times” Monday in the buffer zone area between rebel- and government-controlled territory, adding that the team was safe. Nesirky said the car was “no longer serviceable” after the shooting, forcing the team to return to a government checkpoint to replace the vehicle. In a statement broadcast on Syrian television, the government said it “holds the terrorist gangs responsible for the safety of the United Nations team.” The Syrian regime routinely refers to rebels fighting to topple Assad as terrorists.

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Welcome back to campus

As the cool of fall begins to penetrate the once scorching August days, the crickets and cicada calls heat up as if they are about to burst. This is my favorite time of year, back to school. Filled with hope and opportunity for a renewed fall campaign, I am excited to begin my final year at the College to see if, like the cicadas and crickets, I can go out with a bang.

— Christopher Rightmire, Opinions Editor

I’m extremely excited to be back at The Signal for my first year as an editor. I can’t wait to cover various events at the College again, meet new people during interviews and play Swiffer hockey with Pete at four in the morning while waiting for edits.

— Julie Kayzerman, Nation & World Editor Whether a freshman, senior or somewhere in between, get excited for a new year,

Ever since probably the end of June, I have been practically counting down the days left to move-in. Summer break is great … until the endless boredom kicks in and I actually begin missing my busy schedule. While my family wasn’t all too thrilled that I was so antsy to move out once again, I couldn’t help but look forward to another great year at the College. I am excited to work as Managing Editor at The Signal, meet new people, start my classes, be reunited with good friends living right across the hall and, of course, living in a dorm that actually has air-conditioning.

— Natalie Kouba, Managing Editor

And we’re back. After a summer of traveling abroad doing a service project and working back home, it’s surprisingly refreshing to fall back into the college groove. Returning to campus can be equated to waiting for a new season of your favorite TV show to begin. All summer you’re taunted with previews of the coming school year, Facebook statuses serve as commercials and Time Square layouts. Once you’re back on campus, the viewing night if you will, is a moment of excitement because you’re able to return to a place, an emotion, that you know so well. And after you’re on campus long enough to get overwhelmed by class responsibilities or friend drama, the time between episodes, there is always the silver lining. No matter the work load or floor drama, these things usually work themselves out quickly. Deadlines pass with completed papers and true friends forgive and forget. And no matter what, there’s always Netflix to unwind.

— Emma Colton, Features Editor

This semester is the cornerstone of my college career. I’m halfway through, so hopefully I’ve learned something by now, and this also means that I should really start planning for my future. This semester I’ll be focusing on what I want to do once I’m done here, what skills I want to hone, what my life goals are, what I want to achieve … and how I’m going to do it. This semester I will live with intention (notice how I said ‘will’ and not ‘plan to’… it’s a first step right?). My biggest goal is to elevate my mind, body and soul in every way I can. That means to listen to my body and my mind and to know when enough is enough, and what sorts of habits are healthy and which are unhealthy. It’s time to live a more complete and sustainable life. But mostly, I’m excited to have my own room and not to be judged when I sit on my bed and stare at a wall blankly for three hours at the end of a long day. I’m tired, people! Gimme a break.

— Jack Meyers, News Editor

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Quotes of the Week “I hope that (the project) will get people to appreciate the rich culture and history of Afghanistan.”

— Associate professor of Art History Deborah Hutton on the upcoming artistic and cultural project

“For every question I answered, a dozen more would come up, and it was up to me to create an understandable and thorough report of my findings.” — senior economics major Nick Malmi on the MUSE Program

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— Ewing mayor Bert Steinmann

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The way of the future: 3-D printing

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Titanium hip cup printed with random porosity to facilitate bone growth. By Dan Christiansen Class of 2013

Moving to a college city has been a great experience. I love venturing to new bars, seeing shows and meeting new people. But something has been bugging me ever since I started grad school. It happens to me at least once a week, and I’m getting damn tired of it. Inevitably when you are meeting new people the question arises: “What do you do?” Since moving to Pittsburgh, I have probably gotten this question over 100 times, and I dread it. My response: “I am researching metallic additive manufacturing” which, unless it is a Carnegie Mellon party (oxymoron), always draws a room full of blank stares. “3-D printing,” I clarify, and then, without fail, someone will say, “Can you print a gun?” Thanks to the media’s portrayal of additive manufacturing, this is the only question I ever receive from the average college student, and it is shameful. This technology will become a part of every single thing

you touch not 30 years down the road. It will completely reshape the way our society and economy function. It will become a part of us, literally. Could I print a gun in my lab that fires flawlessly and is completely invisible to a metal detector? Absolutely. Am I on a government watch list because of my access to said printer? Probably. But there is so much more to this technology that people need to understand if they are to be a part of, rather than a victim of, this wave of change. The reason plastic guns are more of a concern now is also the best part of this new technology. It is not like it would have been impossible to make a plastic gun before 3-D printing, it’s just the costs and expertise were prohibitive. You needed large pieces of plastic stock, milling machines, lathes and several other tools in addition to the know-how to run them all. But now, with simple access to a $1,300 3-D printer and a free software package, it is possible to produce the same product in a fraction of the time. This is the beauty of 3-D printing. No longer is the average person excluded from the world of manufacturing by large start-up costs and difficult learning curves. With a few online tutorials and a thousand dollars anyone can invent! There are dozens of websites dedicated to the exchange and sale of homemade parts and technical drawings made by average people in their downtime (check out, it is my favorite). This is the one extreme of 3-D printing. It is cheap, fast and anyone can do it. But the really exciting stuff is happening on the high-end of the price curve. My research is in metallic additive manufacturing using electron beam melting. I print metal. More specifically, NASA and the Department of Defense give me money to research ways to make their printed titanium alloys stronger. They are already successfully testing this technology in rocket nozzles for spacecraft and missiles, as well as in lightweight turbine blades for aircraft. In the near future, rather than bringing an entire machine shop to a battlefield across the world or waiting for a part to be shipped, the military will be able to simply bring one printer, the size of a mid-sized sedan, that can make any replacement part out of titanium with absolutely zero

waste material in a fraction of the time. Likewise, astronauts will have one of these printers in the space station or on the moon to make parts for spacecraft and living quarters instead of having to wait for new ones to be launched from earth. On the domestic front, these printers will be used to make highly efficient and significantly less expensive blanks for plastic and rubber injection molding. That red solo cup you drank out of last weekend? That will be made using 40 percent less energy and in half the time, cutting costs dramatically and raising profit margins for fraternities across the nation. These printers will be used to make cheaper custom titanium medical implants containing random porosity to allow the bone to grow directly into the implant, making it a part of the recipient forever. Scaffolds for kidneys, cartilage, skin and arteries can be printed and impregnated with the recipient’s own cells that will grow into an implantable body part. There are even new technologies being developed to allow homes to be printed from the ground up to user specifications, insulation and all. You will be able to design your own home exactly how you want it and a crew will show up and print it for you in a weekend. A new level of customization is being made available to the average consumer. Additionally, rather than outsourcing manufacturing to other countries, more companies will be able to produce parts in-house due to reduced costs. This printing will completely revolutionize and revitalize domestic manufacturing. The bottom line is this: 3-D printing is here to stay. You are doing yourself a favor by becoming educated on it and should try if at all possible to get in on the ground floor of this technology because it is going places. And when you’re sitting at the dinner table during Thanksgiving with you family, and the topic of 3-D printing arises, maybe you can take some time to let them know that not everyone who is interested in this technology wants to print a gun. Some of us want to make the world a better place with less waste, healthier bodies and more individuality for the masses.

Best is yet to come In-room conflict resolution Maximize school By Christopher Rightmire Opinions Editor

By Courtney Wirths Photo Editor Welcome Week is not the most memorable week of your freshman year. Yes, it’s a lot of fun. Yes, there are no classes being held. And yes, there are more free T-shirts than you can imagine, but just hang on. The days that will make you fall in love with the College are not planned and certainly aren’t organized. I came into the College with a relatively poor attitude. To be honest, it wasn’t my first-choice school (or second) and so I had decided it couldn’t possibly be right for me. But then things started to change. So if you are sitting in your dorm, hesitant about this first year you are about to dive into, don’t fret. Soon you will be sitting around on a Saturday afternoon and someone will be yelling down the hall, “Volleyball, everyone it’s volleyball time.” You will step out into the hall and two rag-tag volleyball teams will be forming themselves and laughing at that one kid who

tucks in his tank top like Urkel. After a not-so-competitive game, you will all file into Eickhoff with cold, sandy toes and grab one of the big tables under the skylights. Floor bonding is homey. It makes you feel safe in a brand new place. When the College really begins to shine though, the memories that you laugh about in July, are those you create in student organizations. Personally, I found some of my very best friends tucked away in a small office down in the basement of the Student Center. They are the staff of The Signal. There was something about the big old couch, the political conversation and the constant stream of witty jokes that made me feel right at home. But that’s just me. A very good friend of mine told me that I wouldn’t find students like those at the College anywhere else. He’s right. The College is a fantastic place to go to school because of the type of individuals that walk around on our cobblestone paths. They are funny, down-to-earth and quirky. Most importantly, they’re what will make you want to stick around.

Bad food, hard classes and finding new friends are causes of anxiety for incoming college freshmen, but, when I was a fresh-faced high school graduate, I had a disproportionate fear of getting a roommate that snores. After the ungodly nocturnal noises my father makes forced me to endure several sleepless nights on a family vacation, the prospect of consistently being denied sleep when I had college classes and a varsity sport to worry about were petrifying. Luckily, my freshman roommate’s sleeping patterns didn’t give life to my “snorephobia,” but we still had contradictory living patterns and habits. To name a few things, I had to be up at 8 a.m. every morning while he was more of a night owl. I had long Skype sessions with my girlfriend and he had a tendency of bringing girls back to the room nights before my big tests and games when I needed sleep the most. Type “Greatest Roomate Freakout” into Youtube, and it becomes evident that smaller differences have ignited epic battles for room control, but I was

never embroiled in as much as an argument with a roommate. The peace between my freshman roommate and I wasn’t because we had Fonz-like coolness, we each had our pet peeves. Instead, the peace was a result of a mutual understanding that we’re both going to do obnoxious things. Common advice given is to air out your dirty laundry with your roommate and let them know what bothers you before there is a blowup, but I think that is a crock. I know my laundry smells, but guess what, that two-week old half-eaten bowl of Easy Mac is pretty disgusting too. Having a good roommate relationship is a game of give-and-take, and often times it is worth putting up with minor inconveniences to allow your roommate more autonomy and a greater sense of independence. If my roommate had been a snorer, I’d have to hold back the urge to wake them and instead slip in some ear plugs and let them sleep. Gestures of respect will in turn create a culture of mutual respect. So the next time you’re taking a mid-day nap, you won’t have to worry about being woken up to Soulja Boy — yeah, that happened.

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Attitude toward your roommate’s eratic behavior is important.

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Ewing mayor sets sights on future plans

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Passionate Steinmann sees the College as Ewing’s asset. continued from page 1

An assertive councilman, Steinmann earned a reputation for speaking his mind. The Trentonian called Steinmann “a real Ball buster,” because he did not shy away

from telling former mayor Jack Ball (R) to accept responsibility for the flaws in his municipal budget. A no-nonsense man, the mayor, two years into his term, has learned that being a leader looks simpler from the outside. Responsible for approximately 35,707 residents, he now views issues with “a different set of eyes.” Compromising was vital when navigating the tenuous relationship between Ewing residents and the College. When Steinmann ran for mayor he vowed to take a hard stance against underage drinking and public urination, prevalent in the area surrounding the campus. “I think TCNJ is an asset to Ewing,” said Steinmann, whose son attended the College. “You guys have a lot to offer.” Unfortunately, he explained, “a few knuckleheads” jeopardize the College’s reputation with the townspeople. Ewing residents, especially the senior citizens living near the College, have complained about rowdy students urinating on their lawns, holding drunken parties into the wee hours of the morning and noisily walking from school to off-campus residences. Steinmann has ordered police officers to strictly enforce the law. But the mayor, who remembers when Ewing had more fields than buildings, said he is not out to

get students. Quite the contrary, he said that he is concerned about the safety of students walking back and forth between off-campus houses at night. He encourages students to use the buddy system and walk in groups, but be respectful of the residents surrounding the school. “His approach is very respected,” said Kevin Baxter, Ewing council vice president. “I admire the way he is not afraid to be a leader.” Baxter noted that Steinmann has opened the lines of communication between the College and town, something former mayors failed to do. Steinmann believes that the relationship between the College and town is “50 percent better than what it was.” Council President Hilary Hyser and the College president R. Barbara Gitenstein have created a partnership to foster positive relations between the College and Ewing. But the College is not Steinmann’s only concern. The mayor makes it his business to maintain the image of his suburban domain. He regularly drives around town and notifies public workers when the trash is overflowing or one of the 14 Ewing parks could be cleaner. At first, workers were frustrated with

his attention to detail. Today, workers have developed a respect for Steinmann and the dedication he shows to his job. “They think I’m a stern guy, but a fair person,” said Steinmann, the man who could have invented the steely expression. He said that his fairness has changed the attitude and productivity of his administration for the better. The mayor plans to create a Ewing that is not only beautiful, but economically strong. “I’m happy to say that we are now in a really good spot as far as business goes,” he said. Since his election, Fortune 500 companies, such Church & Dwight, have opened locations in Ewing. “Ewing is a workingman’s community that still has a lot in it to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Steinmann, who with his wife, raised his three children in Ewing. “It’s been good for me.” Steinmann will be 68 years old at the end of his term in 2014. Although he’s feeling his age, the mayor does not intend to slow down. He plans to keep moving his legacy as mayor forward. His only regret is that he did not begin his political career at a younger age. “Certainly,” he said, “no one can say that I sat on my ass.”

Alarming amount of honey bees dying

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The honey bees maintain their waxy comb as to keep their colony nurished. By Emma Colton Features Editor

Few have had the opportunity to stand in an open field filled with blooming clover and watch as the green and white vegetation vibrated and swayed with life. When a field is that alive, it is rarely due to the wind. That type of steady and tranquil motion is the result of one of the most important facets of the ecological cycle: honey bees pollinating. At first thought, the idea of little bees pollinating the earth might not sound interesting or important, and to some it might even sound scary. But these preconceived notions on bees are thoroughly false. Not to write with the tone of an overly dramatic and concerned grandmother on

a snowy day, but bees are vital to human existence. Unless a person has a severe allergy to honey bees, people need to stop hating on bees and learn to love the pollinating warriors. The most consequential piece of information in the campaign to raise awareness is that honey bees are dying at significant rates and there is no particular explanation for this devastation. Colony collapse disorder is an occurrence that has scientists baffled and farmers worried. Some of these scientists attribute the deaths to pesticides, and some are claiming that fungi or even attacks by other insects are the killers. While scientists across the country, including researchers at Rutgers University, focus on how to prevent further devastation, roughly 30 percent of American hives were lost this past year, according the United States Department of Agriculture. In Europe, the statistics are north of 40 percent. Though there is more and more focus on the deaths, the disorder is still bewildering the world. The colony collapse disorder can be likened to the disappearance of the Roanoke Colony during the settlement of America. One day, the colony of bees is thriving: eating, drinking, pollinating, doing bee stuff. The next day: they’re gone, disappeared. They vanished just like the settlers of Roanoke, except the bees don’t scribble the word “Croatoan” on their hives before they disappear. Now, the disappearance of the bees impacts all people, and thus, the continuation of human life because without honey bees pollinating crops, the crops won’t thrive and there will be significantly less food for animals and humans alike. While scientists continue their research, hobby honey bee keepers are educating the public about the importance of honey bees. Clubs and orginazations across the country are set on a mission to inform any

and all eager ears. “The club provides the general public with vital information on the importance of bees and holds public forums and speaking events to educate people of all ages,” the Backyard Beekeepers Association’s website explained. A leading contributor as to why the general public lacks affection toward honey bees is due to a misunderstanding between the typically docile honey bee and the much more agressive bee look-alikes. Often, the honey bee is lumped into the category of the wasp or hornet. It is true that honey bees will sting when seriously provoked, but unlike honey bees, hornets are natural predators. Not only will hornets attack people, but they even attack honey bees and their hives in search of new territory. Honey bees will not attack without serious purpose. They must feel threatened before they whip out their stinger to protect their hive. For now, the public needs to become aware of the disappearances and realize the significance of honey bees. And if nothing else, while a person is stopping to smell the roses, they should stope to notice and appreaciate the bees pollinating the flowers.

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Without honey bees, many plants would die because of lack of pollination.

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Gaga’s Twitter war

Campus Style By Jordan Koziol Columnist Early Fall Style Guide It’s that time of year again. Whether we’re ready or not, we’re about to trade easy-read magazines for font size 8 textbooks, nighttime bonfires for a no-candle dorm policy, and energetic outdoor concerts for iTunes study playlists. Fear not — the weather is cooling down just as Fall Fashion is heating up, and luckily for us, we still have a few weeks to rep our lackadaisical wardrobes. Below are seasonal transition ideas for a warm weather classic: your favorite summer dress.

By Johnanthony Alaimo Columnist

scarf + mid/lowrise brown leather boots or brown leather sandals. Choose colors from a neutral palette, mix, match and wear! Some cool hues to try out this season are slate green, dark gray, sandstone and brick red. So as we get back into the swing of things, carry a little piece of summer with you by donning your sundress at the library instead of the beach. And when the warm front and the cold front eventually meet, bask in the infinite potential of a new season, a new school year and plenty of new styles to try out!

1. Pair your floral sundress with a pair of edgy combat boots from last fall’s wardrobe. For the exclamation point at the end of your outfit, adorn this look with a pop of leather or cheetah for an outfit that captures both floral finesse and casual cool. 2. Grab your lacey white dress and layer a long-sleeved flannel button down with a lightweight khaki or olive colored cargo jacket. To keep the look summery, stretch out sandal season and don your favorite pair. 3. Play matchmaker between your simple LBD and a dramatic statement jacket. Oversized frocks have been gracing the runways for fall 2013, so consider a jacket such as a cape as an investment and watch the returns on your outlay! 4. Using the ever-stylish Mother Nature as inspiration, stick to neutrals. Try applying the equation: cotton dress + chunky/holey sweater or wraparound

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Wear your summer dresses in fall weather by donning a pair of boots.

Hello friends, haters and people using this section of the newspaper as a loincloth. I am your disgraceful columnist, Johnanthony Alaimo, ready to bring you up-to-date gossip on everything mundane and Danity Kane. (There is no news on Danity Kane. Shocking.) However, unfortunately, there is news on Katy Perry. Hey Katy, you’re starting to look a little Winona Ryder these days. The pop star has once again been accused of theft, with her new single, “Roar,” reportedly sounding a lot like Sara Bareilles’s song, “Brave.” Go ahead and judge for yourself. I just wish Katy would have stolen “Express Yourself” by Madonna. There is no comment from Perry as of yet because she has not found the time to steal a comment from someone else. As for Bareilles, all she’s said about the controversy is, “All love, everybody. All love.” I’m glad Sara is taking this so gently. However, someone else has decided to skip the gentle cycle and jump right ahead to “rip my hair out and repeat.” Of course, I’m talking about Lady Gaga’s new album. ARTPOP has ARTDROPPED and it remains to be seen if it’ll ARTFLOP. Both Gaga and Perry have their albums coming out in close succession of each other, with Perry’s due in late October and Gaga’s in early November. Gaga’s first single off her latest venture is called “Applause.” With groundbreaking lyrics like, “I live for the applause, applause, applause I live for the applause-plause, live for the applause-plause.” It’s a given that she loves the cut and paste function. Be wary of a chart war in the coming months as

Perry and Gaga fight it out to be number one while Sara Bareilles is off in a corner somewhere loving something. There’s no love on Twitter though as Perez Hilton and Gaga are in a feud. I would yawn but I’m too busy already being asleep. The two twits apparently got heated up after Perez shared a video with his followers in which he said “Applause” was “… so unrelatable. This song is all about her. It’s a few steps backwards, I’m really disappointed.” Gaga immediately thrusted herself out of the cocoon. I’m 100 +percent positive she was in, cooed, had a BM, and then tweeted, “Please monsters, do not be affected by someone like this NOTHING merits this kind of hatred. Im ok & I always survive. Ignore him. Just Dance.” After this latest exchange, Perez remembered he was a father and immediately had his child sit down on the keyboard and tweet, “kjshfwluieho qwheoqiw 98u3nbhj” which roughly translates to “Fuck off, Gaga.” I wish someone would have a Twitter feud with me. Go and follow me @JohnantFatale. You will be VERY disappointed that you did. Jessica Simpson Baby Watch!: J. Simps is not pregnant … for now.

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Roar! Katy’s latest single has been accused of plagiarism.

Italian take-out adds flavor to campus choices

Amy Reynolds / Editor-in-Chief

The shrimp in creamy alfredo pasta dish makes the meal worth while.

By Amy Reynolds Editor-in-Chief

This summer, something totally unexpected happened. I found myself missing Eickhoff, and it wasn’t even halfway through June. Unlimited food just a five-minute walk away — what’s not to love? However, after just five convenient, yet incredibly average, meals at the dearly-missed Eick, I found myself craving something new. I guess you always want what you can’t have. Besides, Eick was closed on Saturday night, thanks to the freshman class picnic earlier that afternoon, which was also quite average, I might add. So at seven p.m. I found myself hungry with no on-campus food options. For some reason, the only two takeout options in my mind are either Italian

or Chinese (I have never once tried Indian or Mexican takeout and I don’t plan to in the near future). I searched “Italian” on Grubhub and, of course, Ewing favorites like Mamma Flora’s and Two Brothers popped up, but I was feeling slightly adventurous and wanted to try something new. I decided to try Special Pizza City (not the most appealing name, I’ll admit), both because it was cheap and not very far from campus. Because Italian restaurants are usually very generous with their portions, I decided to order just one meal (which came with a side salad for an extra $1.65) and an appetizer to split with my friend. I was in the mood for shrimp, which I often am when ordering from an Italian restaurant, so I decided to order the shrimp and broccoli alfredo. We also decided to order mozzarella sticks as our appetizer simply because it’s hard to go wrong with mozzarella sticks. After ordering, we were told that it would take about an hour to get here, which is — sorry, freshmen — pretty typical when ordering food around here. Luckily though, “Too Cute! Puppies” was on, so the hour flew by pretty quickly. (Sidenote: If you haven’t heard of “Too Cute! Puppies” yet or haven’t watched it, I highly recommend that you do. New episodes are on Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet. You’re welcome.)

Now to the food. The shrimp and broccoli alfredo was OK. I think it would have greatly benefitted from some more sauce. The shrimp, however, was absolutely delicious. Some of the best shrimp I’ve ever had. And I guess that’s the most important part. I’d also like to add that on the website it said that the pasta comes with garlic bread and it did, in fact, come with actual garlic bread. You’d be surprised by the amount of places that advertise garlic bread but actually just give you a roll. While I loved the shrimp and the pasta was OK, the mozzarella sticks were subpar. They weren’t awful, but then again I don’t think it’s possible for mozzarella sticks to be awful. They would have been a lot better if they had been fried for just a little bit longer. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed them and we ate every single one. The salad, which I paid an extra $1.65 for, I could have done without. The lettuce was super watery and it didn’t have that crunch, but at least I know that it was rinsed. It came with tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers, cucumbers and both types of olives, but it wasn’t anything special. I’m not dying to head back to Special Pizza City, but I wouldn’t say that I wouldn’t give it another try eventually,

either. Give it a try for yourself to see what you think. After all, even if it was just OK, I’d still says it’s a great break from Eick. Special Pizza City Where: 1597 N Olden Ave, Ewing, NJ 08638 Contact: (609) 393-0330 Hours Mon. - Thurs. : 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Fri. - Sat. : 10:30 a.m. - 12: 00 a.m. Sun. : 10: 30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Overall Rating (3. 5 out of 5) :

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Arts & Entertainment

Grant to garner Afghan art in war By Tom Kozlowski Arts & Entertainment Editor After being awarded a $10,700 grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the College will present an artistic and cultural project to the public entitled “Art Amongst War: Visual Culture in Afghanistan, 1979-2014.” With funding going to the Art Gallery and the department of Art and Art History, the College will introduce a series of programs and interdisciplinary exhibitions evocative of Afghan life amidst the seemingly ceaseless marathon of war in the country. The upcoming 2014 school year marks the 35th anniversary of modern conflict in Afghanistan, beginning with the Soviet invasion in 1979 and subsequent rise of the Taliban. Depictions of violence and desolation are prevalent, particularly in Western media coverage of post-9/11 counterterrorism efforts. But rarely is the more human element to Afghanistan’s struggle elicited truthfully. Just as National Geographic’s “Afghan Girl” opened the world to life inside war, the College’s grant aims to uncover more of the country’s cultural reality. The exhibition asks two key questions: namely, “What has 35 years of war done to the culture of Afghanistan, and how do people employ culture to respond to the traumas of war?” Associate professor of Art History Deborah Hutton has some insight on these questions. As a developer of the

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Afghan children are raised in a third generation of war, but national culture and art still grow. Above their heads, an inscription reads ‘freedom.’

project and curator of the art exhibition, Hutton will present the opening program, “Beyond the Images of the Evening News: Afghanistan’s Visual Culture in Context.” While this precedes the exhibition’s opening on March 5, the program will begin to explore angles of Afghan life often overshadowed. “The artwork we will exhibit is all by Afghan or Afghan-American artists, and

we will be showing not only contemporary, avant-garde artworks, but also photojournalistic images of life in Afghanistan,” Hutton said. “Photography was outlawed by the Taliban, but in the last decade or so, a new generation of photographers has become quite active — many of whom are in their mid-20’s and just a bit older than most TCNJ students.” From there, several programs will build upon an exposure to Afghan culture

from various angles. “History of Histories: Afghan Films, 1969-Present,” for example, will showcase a compilation of both fictional and factual videos organized by artist Mariam Ghani. Elsewhere, another presentation will highlight how young Afghan boys and girls can be empowered through skateboarding by the non-governmental organization “Skateistan.” These exhibitions and programs are being developed by Hutton and director of the Art Gallery Emily Croll in preparation for the unveiling in March. Yet, a cadre of the College’s staff and professors are also assisting in their advisory. The New Jersey Council for the Humanities — the provider of the grant — aims to “support and promote projects that explore and interpret the human experience (and) foster cross-cultural understanding,” among others, according to the School of Arts & Communications website. Moreover, Hutton is hopeful that these goals can be fulfilled for viewers. “I hope that (the project) will get people to appreciate the rich culture and history of Afghanistan,” Hutton said. “To see that it isn’t just a dusty, cold, broken place of war, but a place with a long history and rich culture, a place that is changing quickly and filled with young people who aren’t just helpless victims or uneducated warlords, but who are smart, creative and working hard under difficult circumstances to make their country better.”

On Sandy, alumni documentary hits home By Emma Colton Features Editor

“Keep calm and stay Jersey strong,” is a phrase that has been echoed throughout the Garden State and is a bumper sticker mantra that has been plastered on many Jersey cars since Superstorm Sandy. The devastating storm left New Jersey vulnerable and ailing, but two alumni from the College documented the wreckage, courage and regrowth of New Jerseyans in a post-Sandy world. Andrew Pearson and Nick Donnoli, both ’08 communication studies graduates, used their videography skills to capture one of the most prominent events in New Jersey’s recent history. After the storm passed and a sunny sky fell on a starless and broken New Jersey, Pearson and Donnoli got out the cameras and traveled to the devastated communities of Stafford Township and Long Beach Island. Thus, “Landfall: The Eyes of Sandy” became the product of combining the creativity of two videographers

and their love for their home state. “The film captures the roller coaster of emotions that families, first responders, business owners and non-profits experienced post-Sandy through the eyes of the individuals who were deeply affected,” the duo said on their website. Released this past June, the documentary is also supported by the beach apparel store, Jetty. All the proceeds are donated to The Jetty Rock Foundation, a charitable organization created to aid families, first responders and businesses impacted by Sandy, according to their website. The documentary is aimed to show viewers, through stories told by the affected and videos of damaged areas, that not only is New Jersey strong enough to rally together and reassemble broken pieces, but Jersey is spunky and tough enough to put themselves on a deadline to be up and running for the 2013 beach season. The natural disaster brought unthinkable pain, but nothing stands in the way of making memories — that’s Jersey strong.

Filmmaker Andrew Pearson on location.

‘We’re the Millers’ and we’re impressed By Colleen Murphy Review Editor

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Your next family vacation could be smuggling drugs, too.

Take a small-time pot dealer, a stripper, a runaway and the weird kid from down the hall. Imagine they pretend to be a family to smuggle drugs over the Mexican border. What do you get? A comedy that’s better than others. Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston play fake husband and wife with their fake children,

Will Poulter and Emma Roberts, as they bring enough marijuana to fill an RV from Mexico to the United States. The four play off each other’s humor well, and the dynamic makes for some very funny moments. Most comedies make people believe that the actual movie will be funny by showing the one or two “laugh-out-loud” moments in their trailers. But “We’re the Millers” had a couple more humorous scenes

which weren’t shown in the coming attractions, a genuine surprise when drab films like “The Internship” flop. It wasn’t all about the comedy, though. Behind the farfetched plot, there was meaning and a timely message. If you’ve gotten tired of watching “Pitch Perfect” or “The Hangover” trilogy by now, give “We’re the Millers” a try. It’s sure to smoke the other summer comedies.

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Movies and move-in: summer in review By Colleen Murphy Review Editor The movies of the summer of 2013 had a recurring theme: big budgets. Many critics predicted that moviemakers would lose money this summer because of the astronomical amount spent on film production. While some of those big-budget pictures did flop, including

“The Lone Ranger” and “After Earth,” others, such as “Iron Man 3,” prospered. The critics’ predictions were wrong — this summer was, in fact, a good one for Hollywood. It is beating the year-to-date figures from last year’s box office and is also on pace to beat the 2011 sales, which was the highest grossing summer of all-time, according to

Personally, I could not keep track of which movie was which. It seemed as though there were five movies about the White House, 13 movies about the world ending and one movie that had Oprah in it. In case you are like me and didn’t get around to seeing some of the most talked about films of this summer, here are several quick reviews. Maybe you’ll find that one is worth watching on a free night.

‘Man of Steel’

‘The Wolverine’

As an avid comic book reader, nothing bothers me more than when screenwriters don’t stick to the origin comic book (e.g. The Mandarin’s character depiction in “Iron Man 3”). But in Zach Synder’s “Man of Steel,” retelling the original story of a beloved superhero without adding much cinematic appeal proved to be the film’s biggest downfall. I was quite disappointed with screenwriter David Goyer’s failure to formulate a more cohesive plotline for younger viewers who might not have been as familiar with Superman as an older audience. Despite the first hour being the better half of the film, it still jumped between Superman’s past and present, which yielded a very confused audience. What I did like about the film was how strong of a cast it possessed. Russell Crowe was a natural authoritative figure in his role as Jor-El, while Kevin Costner and Diane Lane were also very good at conveying a strong nurturing aspect of Superman’s adoptive parents. Michael Shannon makes a sinister villain in his role as Zod, and last but not least, Henry Cavill as Superman was an ultimate fit. Cavill’s overall look screamed Superman and despite what critics say, he embodied the role very well considering he was working with such a bleakly written script. Although a daring first attempt at an origin story for Superman, this story is too big and should never be rushed.

The phrase “the book is always better” definitely applies to James Mangold’s “The Wolverine.” The Marvel franchise has produced six X-Men movies in total, which range from exciting and witty (“X-2” in 2003) to decent (“X-Men,” “X-Men: First Class”) and finally downright disappointing (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”). The only way to stay interested in the X-Men films nowadays is to tell yourself that the next movie will be better. Screenwriters include an almost mandatory cliffhanger in hopes of keeping their audience interested. Although better than its “Origins” predecessor, “The Wolverine” was still a rushed piece of work that relied heavily on the unconditional devotion of comic “super geeks.” I have never felt more bored during a comic book movie. Everyone knows Wolverine is the angsty bad-ass mutant who doesn’t take “no” for an answer, but as previously depicted in X-Men movies, he is capable of more than just joylessness. Wolverine’s character is due for serious revisions. Now, Wolverine was never a happy-go-lucky person, but if you watch the first two X-Men movies you will see a more developed character who felt a range of emotions besides anger, irritation and being pissed off. He had a sense of humor and fell in love, which was something I wish screenwriters Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie had explored more in his origin story.

By Sorraya Brashear-Evans Staff Writer

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Henry Cavill as the ‘Man of Steel.’

‘The Way, Way Back’ By Colleen Murphy Review Editor

Big-budget movies about aliens, robots and Earth after civilization filled the theaters this summer. But in between all the special effects came a movie that was not like the others. “The Way, Way Back” is a heartfelt, coming-of-age story that does not need 3-D to make it entertaining. The simplicity of superior acting, humor and human emotion is what makes this movie so good. Introverted 14-year-old Duncan is stuck going on vacation with his mother, her boyfriend and the boyfriend’s daughter. The boyfriend, played by Steve Carell, does not treat Duncan right, and Duncan’s mother, played by Toni Collette, does not seem to notice. To escape the broken family and the neighbors who cheat, drink and smoke pot, Duncan finds refuge in a nearby water park and its employees. It is there, at Water Wizz, where Duncan discovers his voice and who he is.

If you have ever sat on your couch and wondered what it would be like if Godzilla faced off with a Transformer, then “Pacific Rim” is the movie for you. Guillermo del Toro’s latest blockbuster did not lack heartpounding action scenes and artfully designed CGI models. There are many reviews that criticize “Pacific Rim,” but I disagree. First off, you have to appreciate the movie for what it is. Despite what critics originally thought, “Pacific Rim” was never intended to be serious — it wasn’t deep, meaningful or a tear-jerking cinematic

‘The Heat’

“The Way, Way Back” is a breath of fresh air. It has a strong, likable cast that brings humor to every scene. The one downside to the movie is having to see the usually lovable Carell play a cold character, though he does it well. This Sundance Film Festival Official Selection is definitely worth seeing.

By Chris Minitelli Staff Writer

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McCarthy and Bullock trade hilarious Steve Carell goes cold, but his lines and costumes in this summer’s performance is still top-notch. cop-comedy hit. AP Photo

‘Pacific Rim,’ CGI success By Sorraya Brashear-Evans Staff Writer

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experience. This movie wasn’t meant to change the mindset of a nation and inspire a rebellion. It was meant to entertain the inner 12-year-old boy or girl inside of us and offer an escape to another world. Del Toro definitely earns an “A” for blending together old Kaiju films with Mecha anime and offering some amazing designs with just enough plot and character development to allow the audience to follow. Now, I could think of plenty of things wrong with this movie, as far as scientific inaccuracy, dialogue choice and plot structure. But overall, “Pacific Rim” is a fun treat for the whole family.

Probably one of the funniest movies that I have seen in awhile has to be this summer’s blockbuster hit, “The Heat.” This movie centers on an uptight, rule-abiding FBI agent, played by Sandra Bullock, and a foul-mouthed, tough Boston cop, played by Melissa McCarthy. When Bullock’s character is sent to Boston to investigate a high-profile case, she ends up teaming with McCarthy. The unlikely pair eventually get themselves caught up in a number of extreme situations throughout their investigation, which keeps the audience constantly laughing and excited. As I was watching “The Heat,” I could not help but think how great of a comedic pair Bullock and McCarthy make. Personally, I think both of these actresses are great on their own. However, once they are put together, they can definitely play off of each other’s great talents and make their performances even better. I would highly recommend watching “The Heat,” especially if you just want to have a great laugh and get yourself ready for the already rumored sequel.

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‘Pacific Rim’s’ Yaeger program — not to be confused with Michael Bay robots.

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Running from London to Trenton Cross Country

1,500-meter Olympian joins College staff

By Mike Herold Staff Writer

experience, but really exciting.” Muncan ran as a part of the Serbian team, racing in the Women’s 1,500-meter, where she recorded a better time in the qualifying round than the eventual gold medal winner of the event. So how does a Serbian Olympic athlete end up coaching in Ewing, N.J.? “When I was in high school I knew I wanted to come to America to study,” Muncan said. “In Serbia, it’s hard to both be an athlete and go to university. I had an opportunity to go to Villanova, but I had to take a year off after high school to learn English.” Muncan was a standout at Villanova, where she graduated in 2006 as a four-time Big East champion and a seven-time All-American. Staying stateside post college was a professional decision. “After I graduated, I had an opportunity to run for New Balance, and I ran professionally for them until 2012,” Muncan said. Muncan comes to the College after coaching for the last year at Richard Stockton College. “TCNJ has a great tradition, and I really respect that,” Muncan said. “I just want to build on to the

Have you ever wondered what former Olympic athletes do after they’ve competed in the Games? Do they get jobs in other professions, keep on training indefinitely or just stop doing anything, caught up in the glory of what they’d accomplished? Well, at least in the case of the College’s new assistant coach for both the cross country and track and field programs, the answer is teaching the next generation of athletes how to succeed. Marina Muncan has joined the Lions’ coaching staff after competing in the London Olympics just over a year ago. “(The Olympics) were a great experience,” Muncan said. “I had a goal to make the Olympics in 2008, but missed it by two-hundredths of a second, so I had to still train for another four years, but it was like a great dream, the Olympics are just a destination. Walking into the stadium was a little bit of an overwhelming

Muncan (left) in the B.A.A. Invitational.

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Muncan (far left) won the 2011 edition of the Women’s Invitational in Boston.

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Muncan is a former Villanova University and Serbian national team standout. already established team.” “We want to make it to nationals and be competitive,” Muncan said when asked about her goals for the team now that she’s arrived. Adding a former Olympian to the staff will surely do more good than anything else toward accomplishing that goal, but it raised a question — did anyone on the team challenge the new coach to a race, to see how their stuff measured up against someone who’s raced the world’s best? “Not yet,” Muncan said, laughing. “But I only met the team a few days ago.” For now, Muncan simply said, “The team is excited to be here, and I think we’re gonna have a great year.” The Lions begin their season this Saturday, Aug. 31, when they host the Blue/Gold classic at Rosedale Park in Hopewell, N.J. Last fall, the men’s cross country team won its 19th consecutive NJAC title and sent several athletes to nationals, while the women’s team came in second at regionals.

A friendly reminder about stadium deals

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The Nets’ brand new arena in Brooklyn, the Barclays Center. By Peter Fiorilla Sports Editor We have seen a lot of public funding for sports stadiums in the New York area over the past few years, whether it be for arenas no one asked for (the New Meadowlands) or for those with noticeable cultural resonances in the community (the Nets’ Barclays Center), and as the sports industry balloons we will see this happen on a larger and larger scale. The big four sports leagues, which have taken $20 billion in public funding for stadiums since 1990, have given up on expansion but will never abandon building, and now leagues which were peripheral or non-existant in the past — Major League Soccer in particular — are getting in on the action. MLS’ New York City FC is owned by billionaires, but will likely end up with a nice stack of tax revenues,

and second-division soccer outfit Orlando City FC recently won $115 million in public dollars for a stadium to catapult the team into MLS. As a soccer fan, I love it. As a regular person, I know it doesn’t help anyone but other soccer fans. Public funding deals are a rosy business for the sports teams, who pretty much always get what they want — ask basketball fans in Seattle why — but not so much for the cities, which is why Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke vehemently spoke out against the deal with Orlando City FC last week. “I do not want another example of the county expending millions of dollars watching from the sidelines, as our investment climbs in value without the prospects of our taxpayers benefiting,” Clarke said according to the Orlando Sentinel, adding that taxpayers should be part-owners if they’re footing the bill for local teams. Frankly, I’d like to see it happen. I don’t think fans would make very good part-owners, although it is a viable option — just look to Real Madrid, FC Barcelona or the Green Bay Packers for proof — but it would be a great incentive for owners to quit taking money off taxpayers’ hands for little to no economic impact. This would have stopped a lot of raw deals that have taken place over the years, like the one which helped put up the perennially empty Sun Life Stadium in Miami or the absurdly expensive and quickly-outdated Paul Brown football

stadium in Cincinnati. And there’s not even a need to look outside the New York area to find stadium deals that hurt non-sports fans — look at the economic development surrounding any of the local establishments. Newark’s Prudential Center (which removed six existing businesses thanks to eminent domain), the Barclays Center ($200 million in taxpayers’ funds) and Harrison’s Red Bull Arena (a tax-exempt project which has been blamed by local politicians for leaving Harrison bankrupt)

are all essentially surrounded by wastelands after promising to attract business and boost the economy. It’s hard to blame the teams or owners themselves for taking these deals, since it’s not often even billionaires like Mikhail Projhorov get to save $200 million on anything, let alone personal entertainment. But as Clarke says, most taxpayers don’t actually get anything out of these stadium deals, which is worth remembering as more and more stadiums get built across the country.

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Like most stadiums, Red Bull Arena has not helped the local economy out as much as expected and is surrounded by a wasteland.

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Chris Molicki “The Ref”

Andrew Grossman Sports Assistant

Peter Fiorilla Sports Editor

Mike Herold Staff Writer

In this week’s Around the Dorm the “Ref,” Chris Molicki, asks our panel three questions: whether ESPN’s recent decision to cancel a concussion-related documentary under pressure from the NFL is something we should all care about, how the New Jersey Devils’ offseason has gone, and if there needs to be more steroids regulations in football —­and if so, should Congress be the organization to make sure that happens?

1. Should ESPN reportedly cancelling a concussion documentary under pressure from the NFL be something the average sports fan cares about? Peter: This is something that should be in the minds of every sports fan, whether they care about this particular case or not, because it’s indicative of a larger problem in the industry. Sports journalism outlets like ESPN are between a rock and a hard place. They

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want to offer a top-tier product by being objective and informative, but at the same time possess a strong incentive to appease their partners by portraying them in a positive light. This is particularly true for football, ESPN’s big cash cow. If an investigative story turns some people off the sport for good, or even just upsets the NCAA or NFL, it’s bad for business. If it’s bad enough, ESPN might lose their partners and will certainly lose ratings.

This particular story might be untrue, which is very possible — let’s all not crucify ESPN over an uncertainty — but as a story, it sends the message that it’s important everyone trying to be an intelligent sports fan has a healthy skepticism of what they see on TV. In sports particularly, there’s often another story behind what’s being reported. Mike: They should care very, very much. First of all, average fans care about their players as human beings. Concussions are far more serious than even the horror story reports so far have shown — even a mild concussion can last more than six full months and result in all kinds of long-lasting brain damage. If a player sustains a second concussion during that time period, even when the symptoms aren’t prevalent, it can result in death. The fact that the NFL wants the documentary buried at all is highly alarming. And why would ESPN kowtow to the NFL’s demands anyway? Here’s why I think they did — ESPN isn’t the only big-time 24-hour sports channel anymore. They lost their monopoly to Fox Sports One and NBC Sports Channel, which means that now, instead of the leagues needing them, they

need the leagues. That means that all three sports networks have to do what the leagues tell them to do in order to get what they need reliably, which means the subjects of the stories are driving them rather than the reporters. Ask any journalism major — that’s ALWAYS a bad thing for anyone who wants to know the full story (like the average sports fan). Andrew: Sports fans should be very concerned because this is a classic example of industries being controlled by money. It is up to ESPN to report the news accurately, and not to succumb to the pressure of the NFL. Understandably, the NFL does not like bad press. However, the media outlets should write whatever they seem fit. Concussions are a major issue and should not be taken lightly. If the NFL is not interested in researching this serious injury, it could have a major effect on minors. In a recent study by the New York Times, they wrote that since 1997, 50 youth football players have either died or sustained critical head injuries on the field. If the NFL wants to ignore the effects of concussions, then they are setting a bad example for football players of all ages.

Peter wins for pointing out how important football is moneywise, Mike gets 2 points for bringing up ESPN’s competition & Andrew gets 1 point for saying how industries are controlled. 2. Grade the New Jersey Devils’ offseason. Peter: I’ll give the Devils’ offseason a B. Flipping the no. 9 pick in a terrible draft for the goalie of tomorrow was a sneakily great move by GM Lou Lamoriello, while adding the likes of Michael Ryder and Jaromir Jagr will help boost the offense in the short-term (even if they aren’t answers for what this team will look like down the line). Getting billionaire new owners inspires financial confidence for the future, and even losing Ilya Kovalchuk and his gargantuan contract can only help the franchise’s future, considering how much salary cap space the Devils were on the hook for in 10 years’ time. But losing Kovalchuk, in addition to Clarkson, will hurt regardless of how bad the former’s contract was. Those two combined for 93 goals in the past two seasons while building valuable chemistry with their teammates, and I don’t think Lamoriello was able to replace them with players of equal

quality. It was a difficult window to acquire anyone more significant than the likes of Ryder and a concussion-riddled Ryan Clowe, but that doesn’t change how lacking this offense could be this year. Without serious scoring punch, the Devils are going to continue hovering in a near-rebuilding phase for another season — good enough on defense and in possession to beat anyone, but without the consistency necessary to contend. Mike: B+. When the Devils first lost Kovalchuk, the general reaction was obviously negative (unless you count Patrik Elias, who has said Kovalchuk occasionally made some amateur mistakes on the ice), but they’ve since added Ryane Clowe and Michael Ryder, which should keep their offense strong. They also picked up Jaromir Jagr, who might be older but is still considered to be a very solid player, especially given his well-known rigorous training routine. And don’t undersell that

Schneider trade. The new goalie was sent to the Olympic training camp, and potential Olympians tend not to be slouches. They’ve also got a new owner, Josh Harris, and so far the change looks like one for the better. The Devils may not be a true contender for the Stanley Cup this season, but with fan favorites like Jagr and Martin Brodeur likely playing their last season’s they’ll at least be entertaining. And really, for a team that missed the playoffs last season, being an entertaining group with a potentially bright future is pretty darn good. Andrew: Despite losing their top scorer in Ilya Kovalchuk, I would give the New Jersey Devils an A-. After struggling last season, where his goal production significantly dropped from 37 goals to 11 goals, it was time for Kovalchuk to go. This move helped the Devils free up enough cap space to receive the up-and-comer Cory Schneider. Schneider will help to relieve the injury-proned goalie Martin Brodeur, and

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will gain experience to help him for years to come. The additions of Jaromir Jagr and Michael Ryder were also great pick-ups for the Devils who were ranked 28th last season in goals scored. These two acquisitions will help New Jersey to make up for the loss of losing Kovalchuk.

Peter wins for highlighting the Schneider trade, Mike gets 2 points for saying N.J. moved past losing Kovy & Andrew gets 1 because a team that lost its best scorer doesn’t deserve an A-. 3. Should HGH regulations increase in football, and should Congress get involved? Peter: While there’s a new steroids-related MLB controversy that shakes baseball to its core every other week, steroids in football have long been a problem everyone is willing to slide under the rug. This seems backwards — steroids in football are more dangerous than they are in other sports because of how much violence there is. These players are already taking enough collateral damage for their profession that will kill them, often literally, down the line — they don’t need help from banned substances to tear each other apart, or put themselves in the line of fire for early heart attacks and self-destructive behavior. I believe there should definitely be more HGH regulations in football then, and don’t have a huge problem with Congress trying to force the sport into it. This is partly because I believe Roger Goodell’s NFL will never make the right decision on its own, and partly because Congress has already set precedent with the MLB. Pro sports are interstate commerce, aka fair game for Congress, and if regulations help crack down on HGH use in the NFL, then that’s a blessing in disguise.

which increase a person’s physical abilities, are a problem limited to just baseball and cycling. Is not one person in the NFL just a little curious as to how 300+ pound men run just so stinking fast? In the NBA, does everyone just agree that Dwight Howard’s Hulk-like shoulders are the result of squats, LeBron’s ever-enlarging head is due to his inflating ego, and Kobe’s knees just have magical healing properties? The steroids issue is one that’s been largely ignored by too many pro sports for a while now (BioGenesis links to NFL and NBA players, anyone?), so yes, they should crack down on it. As for Congress being involved, I think they have bigger fish to fry (for those starving children, maybe). AP Photo

Mike: Well, I’m confused as to why Congress is taking time to look at the NFL for steroids when they could be, you know, trying to solve all those giant problems I keep hearing about, like starving children. Obviously the NFL should do a better job of steroid testing, as should the NBA, the NHL and probably every other sports organization. Steroids are a huge problem in sports, and some of the biggest leagues are currently ignoring them. No one can think that steroids,

Andrew wins for pointing out steroids are legal, Mike gets 2 points for saying sports should look into using steroids, Peter gets 1 point for saying Goodell may not agree with Congress.

Andrew: There is no reason why Congress should force the NFL to create a stricter HGH testing policy. Although forbidden in sports, taking steroids is not an illegal crime. While Lance Armstrong or Alex Rodriguez may have been in the news lately for using these substances, neither of them were arrested for their “crimes.” Although cheating is severely frowned upon, there is no reason for Congress to get involved. This especially holds true because Congress must deal with much larger issues at hand. I understand that they want to preserve the integrity of football, but that role should be up to the NFL and not our United States government.

Peter wins Around the Dorm, 7-6-5

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Lions Fantasy World

Through the Uprights

Man, is there a lot to talk about after the summer we’ve just had. For one thing, there’s the star NFL player who has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, which is never a good thing. That was just one of many NFL player arrests this summer, approximately six per day by my count (that number may not be accurate, but that’s what it felt like). For some reason, a system involving rich athletes with humongous egos and hundreds of people clamoring for their attention tends to end up with players thinking that they are above the law. Maybe things like LeBron James getting a police escort to a Jay-Z concert because he was running late and in traffic has something to do with it. It’s a toughie. Then there’s everything happening with America’s pastime, also known as the slowest paced American sport, also known as the only American sport that is currently taking steroids seriously. Baseball’s still moving along, just as it always has, and they’re coming to an end of their 500-game season soon. Again, my numbers might seem a bit high, but I go by what things feel like and don’t always let annoying trivial things like “facts” get in my way. I should probably mention A-Rod and Miguel Cabrera here, since they have been the biggest stories in baseball this season, but I’ve grown bored of both so I won’t give them anything more than a courtesy mention. More importantly, the NBA Finals happened this summer, and my prediction from last year’s final issue was proven correct! Therefore, I shall now make all of my other predictions with the over-confidant air of one who is always proven right about everything, despite the many, many times I’ve been dead wrong. You know, like any selfrespecting talking head on a sports network. Oh, and Dwight Howard and his massive shoulders signed with the Rockets, so that’s fun. I just remembered that this column is supposed to relate to fantasy sports somehow. Hold on, I need to think of something clever that ties all of this to fantasy somehow. … I got it! When picking your fantasy teams in the upcoming weeks, try to avoid any athletes you think have over-inflated egos that will lead them to commit crimes or otherwise do stupid things that will get them suspended. Also avoid anyone who you think will soon be caught up in a massive steroids scandal, which is sure to be coming soon to the NFL, NBA and possibly the NHL. And, most importantly, listen very carefully to everything that I tell you to do on this page, because I have proven myself to be always right about everything, except when I’m not. So it was a pretty exciting summer in sports. But after everything that’s happened, I can say one thing for sure: I’m glad it’s over. And man, it feels good to be back!

By Mike Herold Fantasy Guy

Join the League Think you’ve got what it takes to be tcnj’s best fantasy player? Here at the Lions Fantasy World, we are currently looking for players to fill up not only our Fantasy Football League, which will appear on this page during the fall semester, but also for players to join the Fantasy Basketball League, which will be here in the spring. Don’t worry, entering is completely free and requires no more of you than picking your initial team, although you’re welcome to be as involved as you’d like (especially since the most active players tend to do the best). We play mostly for bragging rights, but everyone knows that those are the best part of playing fantasy sports anyway. So, if you think you’d be interested in showing off to your friends/girlfriend/boyfriend/parents/roommates/random strangers, just let me know via email, We’d be happy to have you!

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I May Be Wrong, But...

Here’s what I would do in my Fantasy Football Draft ... First Pick: OK, first off, if you have the Number One overall pick and don’t select Adrian Peterson, you should probably stop hating the Vikings so much. Otherwise, use your first-round pick to grab any top running back or wide receiver, since guys like Marshawn Lynch and Calvin Johnson will do the most for you.

Be Cautious Of: This one should be obvious. Avoid, if you can, picking anyone on the New York Jets. The team is clearly falling apart — Mark Sanchez followed the Butt-Fumble with a Pick-Six on his first play of the preseason, before he got hurt, and Geno Smith didn’t look much better. On the plus side, there are now betting pools on when Rex Ryan will be fired.

Second and Third Rounds: This would be when you should grab a quarterback, along with whichever one of RB/WR you didn’t take first. The usual suspects top the QB list: Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. You might also want to avoid having your top picks on the same team, to avoid losing too much on their Bye week. Late Round Steals: Players on the Miami Dolphins spring to mind. They haven’t been a great team as of late, but Ryan Tannehill had a strong showing in his first season (despite being overshadowed by the three super-rookies), and the team really improved during the offseason, so they might put up bigger numbers than expected.

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Women’s Tennis

Team total: 204 Alex Spark 53

Softball Women’s Soccer

Jillian Nealon 35

Women’s Lacrosse

Jen Garavente 34

Field Hockey

Lauren Pigott 23


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Kendal Borup 11


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Lauren Karpovich 9

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Ramapo College Tournament August 30 vs. John Jay College, 3 p.m. August 31 vs. Rhode Island College, 1 p.m. Women’s Soccer

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Cross Country Blue/Gold Classic (Rosedale Park), 9 a.m.

August 30 TCNJ Doubles Tournament, 4 p.m. August 31 @ Kean University, 11:30 p.m.

Andrew Grossman 0 Peter Fiorilla 0

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Amy Reynolds 0

August 31 @ Stevens Institute of Technology, 4 p.m.

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TCNJ Classic August 30 vs. William Smith College, 4:30 p.m. August 31 vs. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 4:30 p.m.

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After 37 great years, a legend retires

Eric Hamilton no longer leading football team By Chris Molicki News Editor

When a coach looks back at his career, it’s always filled with a lot of memories. For someone who has coached for 37 seasons, it’s nearly impossible to pick the most memorable. But for retired football head coach Eric Hamilton, it’s about going back to the beginning. “I was given the opportunity to be a head coach at a young age and that’s something (I’ll) never forget,” Hamilton said. “I was 23 years old and (Roy Van Ness and former president Clayton Brower) said, ‘Hey, you can be a head

coach’ because they knew what I lacked in knowledge, I made up for in passion for the institution.” Hamilton retired this past July after 37 seasons as the head coach of the Lions’ football team. He began his tenure as coach at the young age of 23 and never looked back. During Hamilton’s time as head coach, the College’s football program enjoyed a great amount of success. Hamilton went 212-144-6 as head coach, compiling 22 winning seasons for the Lions. The team made it to seven combined ECAC and NCAA Division III tournaments. The icing on the cake was Hamilton capturing his 200th win in

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Hamilton coached 362 games at the College, winning 212 of them.

Oct. 2010, becoming only the 12th NCAA Division III coach in history to do so. The accomplishments that Hamilton has accrued have not gone unnoticed. In 1980 and 1981, Hamilton was named Coach of the Year by the New Jersey College Football Writers Association. In addition, he was honored as NJAC coach of the year in 1983, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2007. “Coach Hamilton’s career record is alone impressive, but I believe his impact off the field will stand as his paramount accomplishment,” senior linebacker Nick Bricker said. “He always had the best interest in his players and you always felt like he had your back. Most importantly, he was always willing to go the extra mile for you, a quality that is hard to come by.” The leadership and connection with his players were two huge factors in Hamilton’s success, and they were largely in part to Hamilton’s football background. He played the sport for the College when it was known as Trenton State College and was the school’s first All-American football player. He graduated in 1975. “He took a real interest in each of his players both on and off the field,” Bricker said. “He has played an important role in developing me into the man I am today.” After coaching for 37 years, Hamilton knows he certainly has some adjusting to do, as his life will be much different than

it was when he was coaching. “It’s a mindset,” Hamilton said. “Your body, for all of those years, when August 1 rolls around, you get into preseason camp mode. When you’re a competitor and you’ve done things for so many years, it’s tough to shift gears.” Despite no longer being the head coach, Hamilton is still extremely supportive and excited for the team as they approach the upcoming season. The impact that Hamilton made on them as a coach will surely help them in the upcoming season. “We have a great group of student athletes coming back,” Hamilton said. “I’m excited for the players because there are lots of opportunities there. When I told them that I was not returning, I just wanted to make sure the opportunity was there for them to have a great year and have fun.” With his head coaching career at the College over, Hamilton moves on to a new chapter of his life: a period of reflection. Hamilton has a lot to be proud of and thankful for, but he knows his journey is not over and he is looking forward to where life will lead him next. “I have to figure out what my next step is,” Hamilton said. “I’m still young, passionate and energetic enough and I think there’s a lot of good things I can do. I just have to take a deep breath, take a step back, and figure what that next step is going to be.”

New-look Lions are ready to rumble Reigning champs go younger, stay hungry By Andrew Grossman Sports Assistant

One year removed from the Division III National Title, the women’s field hockey team is primed to make another impressive run. Although very optimistic, there is one question mark that remains. Due to graduation, the Lions will have only one senior on the roster this season. Yet, despite not having a large upperclassmen presence, the women are confident that the 10 upcoming freshmen will be able to rise to the occasion. “Before I got (to practice), I was nervous because there were only 12 returning players from last year,” said Sarah Cummings, the lone senior on the team. “Since these few days have gone by, I am much more confident because everyone came in ready to go right off the bat.” According to Cummings, the team’s camaraderie will play a large

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part in how the team performs. “We definitely need to work together and communicate as a team,” she said. “If we are together all the time (both on and off the field), then we will be able to play better together.” With only one senior, it will be up to the junior class to lead

by example. With six currently on the roster who hoisted the national trophy, these women know how to play in the big moments. “I am very excited and looking forward to it because we have a great group of girls,” Cummings said. “Even though they are underclassmen, they still got a lot

of experience in so that will definitely help us out this year.” Although the women are eager to reach the NCAA tournament, the first step is to concentrate on winning the New Jersey Athletic Conference. This title would help to secure a bid to nationals. In order to do so, however,

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There are 12 returning players part of the championship-winning 2012 team.

they must compete with in-conference teams such as Montclair State and Rowan University. Not only are these schools the Lions’ main rivals, but they are also consistently ranked among the nation’s best. “For us to win nationals again, we are all going to have to work together throughout the entire season,” Cummings said. “It started the first day of the season and we will just take it game by game.” The first matchup for the women is the away game against Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday, Aug. 31. The following week, on Sept. 7, is the Lions’ home opener against Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham. “In just (the few practices we have had) so far we have already gotten a lot accomplished,” Cummings said. “I think we will continue to do that for the rest of the season so I am feeling pretty confident.”

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