The Signal: Fall '13, No. 2

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Vol. XXXIX, No. 2

September 4, 2013

Serving The College of New Jersey community since 1885

A peek at the plans Campus Town delayed

College changes: Part 1

Courtney Wirths / Photo Editor

Read about campus construction and staff additions on page 3.

New VP on the block

By Natalie Kouba Managing Editor In the start of the new semester, progress with the Campus Town project is finally becoming apparent as the demolition begins near the College’s main entrance. Initially expected to be completed by fall 2014, various complications have set the project back one year, according to Stacy Schuster, associate vice president for college relations. “A variety of issues caused the project delays, including the negotiation of an agreement with Barnes and Noble,” Schuster said. “Issues included resolving details of the Barnes and Noble store fit out, cost and operating parameters.” According to the Campus Town website, demolition and site work is expected to take place this fall, while the building foundations and construction will

The College continues to wait for Campus Town, as it is delayed until 2015. start in early spring of 2014. While the site work around campus may not seem very active, construction is well underway and behind-the-scenes planning

is ongoing in regard to the appropriate regulations required for the design of the buildings. see CAMPUS page 5

Sees College as adventure A first week to remember By Jack Meyers News Editor Every student at the College was once a stranger here. Every student was once unsure of his or her place on this campus, unsure of what he or she might study, unsure that this college was truly the best fit. And so was every administrator, though not for long. Jacqueline Taylor, the College’s new provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, was welcomed to to the College in March of this year with wide, open arms — as an incoming freshman might be. “We kind of fell in love with the sense of community,” Taylor said, speaking of her first visit on campus with her spouse, “and people were so gracious to us.” Yet, this was not Taylor’s initial reaction to the College. Hailing from DePaul University in Chicago, a school with tens of thousands of students and two major campuses, Taylor was content with her prestigious title as founding dean of the College of Communications. She had worked as dean there for six years, totaling over 30 years of

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experience in academia and higher education administration. Then, in Aug. 2012, Taylor was contacted by the College’s search consultant about a provost position that had opened up. “I had a job I loved,” Taylor said. “I said, ‘I’m not really looking for a job.’ And (she) said, ‘We like to hire happy people.’ (She) said, ‘Just take a look.’ So I did.” Immediately pleased with the values of the College and the small classroom sizes, so unfamiliar at DePaul, Taylor applied and was given the position, effective March 18 of this year. “Why was I tempted? Because I could see this could be a really exciting challenge,” Taylor said. “You know, I just live in fear of boredom.” Taylor had helped build the College of Communications at DePaul from the ground up, and it was now time for a new adventure. “The job was now going to change to be more one of ensuring that you maintained quality, not so much building,” she said of her position at DePaul. “It wasn’t as challenging as it had been in the first four years, and I am a person who loves to be challenged.” see PROVOST page 13 Editorial / Page 9

Photo courtesy of Jaryd Frankel

Travers 4 gets ready to compete in Play Fair during Welcome Week. By Chris Molicki News Editor The nervous yet excited incoming freshmen arrived with their families at the College on Thursday, Aug. 22 for move-in day. The butterflies in their stomachs shortly disappeared as they experienced a magical and memorable Welcome Week and united together as the Class of 2017.

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Features / Page 13

The next five days would consist of numerous events, experiences and icebreakers as the freshmen met each other and learned about life at the College. Along the way, they also learned about themselves. With the first day of college in the books for the Class of 2017, Welcome Week started off with an early morning see WELCOME page 3

Arts & Entertainment / Page 17

Sports / Page 32

Comedy Show “Three for Free” comedians a big hit

Business Briefs This week in American business and finance

Celebrity Spotlight Ben Affleck to be the next Batman

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See News page 5

See Features page 15

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Library Café’s new look among updates By Jonathan Machlin Corrsepondent

According to the College’s website, undergraduate and graduate commuters will use Lots 5 and 6, levels one, two and four of Lot 7, and Lot 17. Faculty and staff will be able to exclusively use Lots 1, 2, 4, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 18. Undergraduate students are prohibited from parking in those parking lots at all times.

The College has a very different look this year, as it underwent major changes to the residence halls, parking lots and administration this past summer, and is still undergoing renovations to the Library Café. Townhouse Mail Service Changes One noticeable change for residents of the Townhouses is the new policy on package delivery. For 2013, packages to Townhouse residents will be delivered exclusively to the Townhouse South office. At the beginning of the semester, rumors circulated that this change was a result of budget cuts to the Townhouse complex. However, Kelly Hennessy, the College’s director of Residential Education, denied those rumors and stated that there were no budget cuts to the Townhouses, but that the change was due to a “customer service and management change.” In addition, Hennessy said the Townhouses are looking to improve systems in the offices for tracking packages. “The goal is to provide better trained staff

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The Library Café will open soon.

that can provide better customer service, as well as a better management and oversight over packages and keys,” she said. “It’s our hope that students will reap benefits from this smoother streamlined system.” Parking Lot Changes The parking lots at the College have also undergone some changes. The parking services section of the College’s website features the updated map and outlines the various changes to the parking lots.

Library Café Construction The Library Café is also getting ready for a new look. According to Taras Pavlovsky, the dean of the Library, the plans for the changes were presented this past spring and construction began the week after graduation. “All of the changes are going to be to the serving area,” Pavlovsky said. “They are re-designing the preparation and service area for a more efficient flow of customers. The principal driver, however, will be to get two different lines — which will hopefully reduce the waiting time (for students).” The renovations for the Library Café were originally scheduled to be completed the week before classes resumed. However, complications arose and construction is

currently several weeks behind schedule.

Administrative Hires The College will also feature some new faces in administration. During the summer, the department of Academic Affairs announced the hiring of two new staff members. On June 20, the department of Academic Affairs announced that Mosen Auryan would be the assistant provost for Institutional Effectiveness, effective Aug. 7. On July 1, Jeff Passe officially became the new dean of the School of Education, according to the department of Academic Affairs. John P. Donohue, the vice president of College Advancement, announced the hiring of two staff members via email to the student body. On Aug. 16, the department of College Advancement announced the installment of John Castaldo as executive director of Alumni Affairs, effective Sept. 1. On Aug. 28, the department of College Advancement announced that David W. Muha has accepted an offer to become the associate vice president for Communications, Marketing and Brand Management at the College.

Welcome / Orientation is deemed a success

Photo courtesy of Katie Moran and Courtney Wirths / Photo Editor

Some freshman students have fun at Play Fair, while others enjoy relaxing. Either way, they all get an experience like nothing else during Welcome Week.

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Walk-A-Thon for the Special Olympics, for which the students had been encouraged to collect donations. After a few speeches, including “Democracy Matters” and “The Heart of the Lion,” the freshmen were introduced to what became the highlight of Welcome Week — Play Fair. Play Fair was a competition between floors that included a series of icebreakers and competitions, one of which saw students battle to be crowned the loudest floor. The freshmen cheered each other on in events that promoted floor and student bonding. Once Play Fair ended, both freshmen and ambassadors alike used whatever was remaining from the collective voices to belt out the traditional College chant. “It’s the first time the entire freshman class is together and united under one common goal of having fun,” senior ambassador Alex Brown said. “Once it’s all over, the whole vibe of Welcome Week changes. It creates a really awesome sense of community that carries on for the rest of Welcome Week.” Presentations filled Saturday’s schedule and enlightened the

freshmen on topics that pique a lot of students’ interests: sex, drugs and alcohol. Matt Bellace gave the talk, “A Better High,” which educated students about drugs and alcohol making healthy choices. A sex education talk from River Huston followed. The talk was sponsored by the AntiViolence Initiatives group on campus, which deals with educating students and protecting them from sexual harassment and like behaviors. Huston managed to make the talk both serious and comical so that students could get the most out of it. “I liked how they were very informal and not boring and formal so they got their message across to us,” freshman economics major Leo Yang said. “They provided many real-life situations for us to relate to and solutions for us to act upon.” After a fast-paced three days, the freshmen enjoyed a low-key Sunday, which was highlighted by comedian Joe Hernandez-Kolski. His performance, “Cultural Collisions: Commentary for a Changing America,” talked about how growing up in America enables us to be influenced by a variety of

cultures on a daily basis. “I thought that Joe did a great job of integrating valuable insights with humor in his talk,” freshman psychology major Mariah Springer. “His points were interesting and helped me to better define what it looks like to work together as a college community.” That night some students enjoyed live music from campus bands at “Café Under the Stars,” while a three-on-three basketball tournament was taking place in the Recreation Center. On Monday, Aug. 26, the

freshmen were finally officially welcomed to the College through the process of convocation. They were told about what they would be doing the next four years and truly became a part of the College’s family. “Convocation made me feel like I am officially a college student,” Springer said. “The speeches inspired me to make the most of every moment at the College.” Getting off on the right foot is important for freshmen heading into college, and Welcome Week 2013 seemed to have done

just that. The students are ready to begin their journey through college, but they’ll always look back on a Welcome Week that they’ll never forget. “I think Welcome Week was the best thing ever,” Yang said. “Without it, there would have been many awkward hall walks and it would have taken forever to get to know the people you’re staying with for the next year. Instead, the College made us get to know them and now I always have something to do or someone to talk with.”

Freshmen bond with each other on their respective floors.

Photo courtesy of Katie Moran

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TCNJ students from all disciplines are encouraged to form teams of 2-4 members. Faculty, alumni & business advisors are encouraged, but student teams are solely responsible for the content & quality of their business plan. Teams seeking advisors can contact Dean Keep. Get ready to invest in yourself! Learn more about this exciting challenge at the School of Business 3rd Wednesday Program:

Alumni Entrepreneur Panel on Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. in the BB Lounge. Refreshments, sample business plan & outline, and competition schedule will be provided.

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20 shots in 20 minutes Tooth Fairy pays up By Jack Meyers News Editor

A victim reported the theft of several items from his car that had been parked on the second level of Lot 7 on Monday, Aug. 26 at 3:55 p.m. Items included a black iPod classic, a white iPod charger, a black FM transmitter and miscellaneous change totalling over $50 in value, according to Campus Police. The victim reported that all items were in plain view around the center console while the car was left unlocked and unattended for three hours. There was nothing further to report. … Campus Police were dispatched to Wolfe Hall at 1:50 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 on report of an intoxicated person. The suspect had vomitted and urinated on the floor and was momentarily unresponsive. There was an empty bottle of Merlot and Jaegermeister in his room, and he admitted to drinking a large amount of alcohol. He was transported to Capital Health SystemsHopewell Campus. He was

given a summons for underage possession and consumption of alcohol. …

An intoxicated female who was reported to Campus Police admitted she had tried to consume 20 shots of vodka in 20 minutes at 12:55 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 2. She was transported to Capital Health

Systems-Hopewell Campus and was given a summons for underage drinking, according to Campus Police. … A victim reported that his bike was stolen from a rack outside of the Brower Student Center. His bike was stolen sometime between 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, when he discovered it missing. It was a black, 10-speed Schwinn mountain bike with a white price tag still attached and a thin black seat.

Campus Police were dispatched to the Science Complex fountain area at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1 on report of an intoxicated female. The suspect was found lying on the grass with vomit on the ground around her. She admitted to having four shots of Everclear and was given a summons for underage consumption of alcohol. … On Monday, Sept. 2 at 1 a.m., Campus Police were dispatched to the Travers/ Wolfe Lounge and found an intoxicated female who smelled strongly of alcohol, according to Campus Police. When she was questioned, she mixed up her last name, Residence Hall name and floor number. After admitting to drinking two beers, she added that she had also consumed “maybe five of something else, somewhere on campus.” The student was given a summons for underage consumption of alcohol and transported to Capital Health SystemsHopewell Campus.

Middle class is confident By Courtney Wirths Photo Editor

• Total box office sales hit a record high this past Labor Day weekend, pulling in over $124 million. The weekend’s profits were thanks largely to the success of the concert movie, “One Direction: This is Us,” according to the Wall Street Journal. • Despite a dramatic increase in the economic confidence of American households earning more than $50,000 a year, those making less than that have experienced only minor increases in confidence. This has established a large confidence gap between middle-class and lower-income Americans, according to Bloomberg. • Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece — some of the countries hit hardest by the struggling European economy — received a record number of tourist visits this past season. Tourists have been driven to Southern Europe by the continued turmoil in the Middle East, according to the New York Times. • As average Americans turn to more

risky investments as a source of higher returns on their savings, bank accounts have become noticeably smaller this year. The slight shrinkage marks a turn in what was a six-year trend of growing bank accounts, according to CNBC. • The Rainbow Loom, an extremely popular children’s toy this summer, continues to grow in popularity. The company first began when founder, Cheong Choon Ng, wanted to make friendship bracelets with his daughters, according to the New York Times. • After climbing to a five-week high, the price of natural gas has once again fell on reports of colder weather for the coming week. Natural gas is used to generate electricity and thus power AC units, according to Bloomberg. • The average amount of money parents are leaving their children from the Tooth Fairy shot up 23 percent in 2013 to $3.70 per tooth. For a full set of 20 teeth, a child would earn $74, according to CNBC.

Campus / A whole new landscape for students

A two-bedroom, two-bathroom floor plan for Campus Town. continued from page 1

More concrete plans for the layout of the town, including the layout of the student housing complexes which will be made available through Campus Town,

have been updated. “The latest information from the developer is that they are expecting to lease to a convenience store, a sandwich shop, a sushi shop, a yogurt shop and a brew pub,” Schuster said. “In addition, there will be a Barnes and Noble and a fitness center open to students.” Students at the College will have the opportunity to rent fully-furnished apartments that included a small kitchen equipped with a dishwasher, stove, microwave and refrigerator to cook. The apartment floor plans also include a washer and dryer. Students living in Campus Town can also purchase meal plans. Although it is considered on-campus housing, the housing lottery system will not apply to Campus Town, since housing is being offered by a private company, according to the Campus Town website. “The design has evolved over time,” Schuster said. “Changes have included increased number of housing units and

Courtney Wirths / Photo Editor

At the College’s main entrance, a fast-foward glance at Campus Town. beds, increased parking, changes to the building footprints and lay-outs, changes to the building heights and

location of roadways and pathways. The latest design is an improvement over the earlier designs.”

By Natalie Kouba Managing Editor

Student Affairs and a group of candidates are being evaluated. “Unlike other past searches, I think any of the four that we select could really do a great job in the position,” Liberty said of the candidates. Tom Verga, vice president of the administration and finance committee, announced that this year’s Be Bright campaign is being planned, despite technological set-backs. The campaign aims to raise awareness of energy use on campus by measuring the biggest decrease in power used in each dorm. Ryan Boyne, SG alternate student trustee, announced the upcoming dates for election interest sessions with SG, which are taking place this week.

Student government searches for new VP

Tom Verga talks about the Be Bright campaign.

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The first Student Government meeting of the fall semester kicked off with a “Welcome Back” to the general body from SG president Tyler Liberty and updates to the Brower Student Center renovation project. “The planning for that is going to be happening,” Liberty said. “I believe, currently, the plan that they have in place is that they are going to completely renovate the Student Center itself and put an addition to the west side of the Student Center. For anyone who’s been following that project, that’s the current status.” SG also announced that the College has begun the search for a new vice president for

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Dean cautions students regarding MLMs By Courtney Wirths Photo Editor Expensive cars, a dream home and a life of luxury: that’s what is promised to distributors in many multilevel marketing (MLM) companies. What distributors aren’t told, though, is that they will more than likely fail, according to William Keep, dean of the College’s School of Business. “Here, you’re not guaranteed anything,” said sophomore management and psychology double major James Tomasullo. “So it’s a risk.” His risk was becoming a distributor for the MLM company, Vemma, the same company Keep warned students about becoming involved with this past summer. For Vemma, the energy drink and health supplement company, a lot of incentives are placed around recruitment. In addition to the likely loss of money, those involved in MLM companies take the chance of the institution turning out to be an illegal pyramid scheme. The legitimacy of MLM companies has been a frequent topic of discussion not only on the College’s campus, but also on Wall Street. The added attention began when activist investor William Ackman shorted the public MLM company, Herbalife. Ackman declared that he felt the company was a pyramid scheme and cited an article written by the School of Business’s dean. Keep is considered an expert on the topic of MLM companies and pyramid schemes and has spoken to numerous hedge funds on both sides of the Herbalife debate over the past year. “I have been looking at direct selling

and MLMs for almost 20 years,” Keep said. Companies that have an MLM structure require distributors (sales individuals) to purchase products in advance and then sell them to consumers themselves. Along the way, they recruit additional distributors. A company becomes a pyramid scheme, according to Keep, when more profits are raised from recruiting new distributors than there are from selling to consumers. “You peak (potential distributors’) interest,” Tomasullo said. “Then you pass them off to someone else doing better than you. That’s their Upline. Then the Upline will tell them about the opportunity.” An upline is a distributor that has had more success and experience than a newly recruited distributor. The number of people who identify themselves as independent salesmen or distributors tripled from 1992 to 2011, according to Keep. Despite the increase in individuals involved in MLM companies, the percentage of total retail sales in the United States attributed to direct selling has steadily decreased due to MLM companies not assigning territories to distributors. Rather, all distributors must compete against each other. “It’s not like an application where you fill out a résumé and then go to an employer and ask them to hire you,” Tomasullo said. “You sign up on their website and you buy a certain amount of product based on how involved you wanted to be in the company.” MLM companies, such as Vemma, look at college students as strong possible candidates for becoming distributors. College is both an anxious and freeing

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Multilevel marketing companies lose many students money.

time for young people, explained Keep, and MLM companies present themselves as a way to make an impact with a tangible outcome. “They play upon aspirations,” Keep said. “The desire to wow people.” After six months at Vemma, Tomasullo began to question the company and decided to quit. “The reason I left Vemma was because I felt the CEO wasn’t transparent enough,” he said. “I had concerns that not enough profit was coming from product sales.” The biggest concern with MLM companies is that they will turn out to be illegal pyramid schemes. Students questioning the legitimacy of an MLM should look to see that the company does not place a greater emphasis on recruitment than sales. Illegitimate companies

will not have competitive prices for their products. Additionally, they will use the same examples of success stories and fabulous lifestyles, Keep warned. “Look, I lost $1,000 total,” Tomasullo said. “But I was actually really happy with the whole thing.” Working for Vemma, Tomasullo explained, provided him with courage, a lot of new skills and a passion for sales. These skills, though, can still be found and honed without the risk associated with becoming involved in an MLM company. Keep recommends that students interested in sales pick up a professional selling minor or consider a part-time job in sales where the company pays commission and is selling a well-known product. “Always get paid for what you do sell,” Keep said.

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Nation & W rld

Syrian civilians suffer destruction from chemical weapons

By Michelle Bove Staff Writer

In the midst of the chaos in the Middle East, Syria has made it to the top of the list for unrest and upheaval. The United States has come to the conclusion that Syria did, in fact, carry out chemical weapon attacks against its own people. According to President Barack Obama, this is a claim that comes among a pending diplomatic showdown over whether or not to strike against the President Bashar al-Assad’s military. The war started in April 2011 as protests came about from earlier revolutions in Egypt, when Tunisia came to challenge the dictatorship of Syria. The government quickly responded by savagely killing, raping and kidnapping activists

and their families. Civilians took action, forming rebel groups to oppose the horrific killings of activists. However, the military began to not only destroy people, but also land, buildings, businesses and homes using chemical weapons. “Fighting between government forces and rebels has killed more than 100,000 and created two million refugees, half of them children,” The Washington Post reported. Similar to the revolution in Egypt, Syria is continuing to kill its own people day after day. Noting but rubble was left in Raqqa, Syria, on Thursday, according to CNN. Activists said that the destruction was due to a car bomb. After international outrage over the country’s suspected use of chemical

weapons, Syria has warned Western leaders against taking any military action. On Wednesday, Aug. 28, President Barack Obama told News Hour, “We do not believe that, given the delivery systems, that the opposition could have carried out these attacks. We have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these out and if that’s so then there needs to be international consequences.” Clearly, Syria is in a state of disaster that only seems to be getting worse. While the United States has much concern for the country, it comes down to the fact that America can only do so much. It is up to Syria to clean up the civil war that is occurring, although the United States and some allies are predicted to launch strikes against the chemical weapon usage. The

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Children hold signs asking for help from chemical weapons.

war in Syria does not seem to have an end nearing and the light at the end of the tunnel is nowhere to be seen.

From Cuba to Florida, swimmer makes history

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Diana Nyad becomes the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida.

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Looking dazed and sunburned, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walked ashore

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Monday, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. The 64-year-old Nyad swam up to the beach just before 2 p.m. EDT, about 53 hours after starting her journey from Havana on Saturday. As she approached, spectators waded into waist-high water and surrounded her, taking pictures and cheering her on. “I have three messages. One is, we should never, ever give up. Two is, you’re never too old to chase your dream. Three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it is a team,” she said on the beach. “I have to say, I’m a little bit out of it right now,” Nyad said. She gestured toward her swollen lips, and simply said “seawater.” Her team said she had been slurring her words while out in the water. She was placed on a stretcher on the beach and received an IV before she was taken by ambulance to a hospital. But her doctor later declared her essentially

healthy and expected her to recover quickly from dehydration, swelling and sunburn. “I just wanted to get out of the sun,” she said after coming ashore on a scorching, sunny day amid calm seas. It was Nyad’s fifth attempt and what she had said would be her last try to complete the approximately 110-mile swim. She tried three times in 2011 and 2012. Her first attempt was in 1978. “It’s historic, marvelous,” said Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich, the Hemingway Marina commodore who helped organize the Cuba side of Nyad’s multiple attempts. “I always thought she could do it given her internal energy, her mental and physical strength, her will of iron,” said Diaz Escrich, whom Nyad has called a longtime friend. “More than the athletic feat, she wants to send a message of peace, love, friendship and happiness... between the people of the United States and Cuba,” he added. the people of the United States and Cuba,” he added.

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Obama favors military action in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama worked on Monday to persuade skeptical lawmakers to endorse a U.S. military intervention in civil war-wracked Syria, winning conditional support from two leading Senate foreign policy hawks even as he encountered resistance from members of his own party after two days of a determined push to sell the plan. Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Obama still needs to make a strong case for attacking the regime of President Bashar Assad, but they toned down past criticism that the president’s plan was too weak to change the course of the fighting in Syria in favor of the opposition. “We have to make it clear that a vote against this would be catastrophic in its consequences,” now and in future international crises, McCain told reporters outside the White House following an hour-long private meeting that he and Graham had with Obama and White House national security adviser Susan Rice. But the outcome of any vote remained in doubt amid continued skepticism in a war-weary Congress. Several Democrats in a conference call with administration officials pushed back against military action, questioning both the intelligence about a chemical attack last month outside Damascus and the value of an intervention to United States interests, according

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Sen. John McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham speak outside President Obama’s closed meeting regarding military action.

to aides on the call. Others demanded narrower authorization than that requested by the administration. “The White House has put forward a proposed bill authorizing the use of force that, as drafted, is far too broad and open ended, and could be used to justify everything from a limited cruise missile strike to a no fly zone and the introduction of American ground troops,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a member of the House intelligence committee. Obama has insisted that he will not send troops into Syria and that he was considering a military operation that was limited in duration and scope. The White House said Monday that Obama was open to working with Congress to make changes to

the language of the resolution. In a post on his website, Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan of Minnesota reflected a view shared by others: “I want you to know that I am vehemently opposed to a military strike that would clearly be an act of war against Syria, especially under such tragic yet confusing circumstances as to who is responsible for the use of chemical weapons.” After changing course and deciding to seek congressional approval for military action, Obama is confronted with one of his most difficult foreign policy tests and faces a Congress divided over an unavoidably tough voteof-conscience on overseas conflict rather than the more customary partisan fights over domestic policy.

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More dining options needed

Last Thursday, as I headed to my first class of the day, I stopped to get a “quick” lunch from the Lions’ Den. No doubt, I knew it’d be crowded, but I had never anticipated just how crowded it would be. Now, I’ve been to the Lions’ Den during meal equiv before, and, as we all know, it’s certainly not easy to maneuver, and it’s nearly impossible to get a meal in a timely fashion. But last Thursday, my first meal equiv experience of the year, was far worse than any meal I’ve ever experienced before at the College. It was packed. And I don’t mean packed as in you have to wait a little while to get your food. It was packed as in you physically could not walk from one side to the other without getting stepped on or getting your food smacked out of your hands. To make matters worse, someone spilled a soda in the middle of the floor, which, in all honesty, probably wasn’t their fault — with so many people, it was bound to happen. But where else was I supposed to go? I certainly didn’t have time to wait an hour at The Rat, and we all know that it would, in fact, have taken an hour to order and get my food. And I’d heard that the line to Eickhoff was out the door and 10 minutes long — just to get in to Eickhoff. I had to be in class by 12:30 p.m., and the Education Café was far too out of the way. There simply weren’t any convenient options. In fact, it may have been more convenient, and a lot quicker, to drive off campus and bring a meal back. To me, that just seems ridiculous. It should never take longer, even during the busiest hours, to get food on campus than to drive somewhere to get a quick meal. While meal equiv has always been associated with crowds and crampedness, the Library Café construction delays certainly didn’t help matters. As no one wants to waste their precious meal equiv, all of the regular café-goers retreat to the stud, only to find crowds, chaos and a lack of quality coffee. It’s understood that things happen — delays occur, projects take longer than originally expected. But to renovate the thirdlargest food outlet on campus and not have it completed, or even close to completed, by the time students move back to school is absolutely ridiculous. There are 6,200 undergraduate students that attend this school. Six food outlets, four of which are extremely small, is not enough to feed that many people. A common weekday lunchtime doesn’t help matters, either. The College needs a solution to the lack of food outlets. Sure, Campus Town will create many more options, but it won’t help current College students until at least two years down the road. What we need are less students or more and larger food options. Until then, we’re forced to starve ourselves until after the precious meal equiv hours, or courageously brave the crowds.

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Quotes of the Week “Convocation made me feel like I am officially a college student.”

— freshman psychology major Mariah Springer

“On my very worst day, when I feel discouraged about whatever might be going on in the world, I still feel like I am part of one of the ways that we hope to get better.” — Provost and vice president of Academic Affairs Jacqueline Taylor

“We made some mistakes that cost us the game, but I am confident that everyone learned a lot from yesterday’s game — and will improve because of it” — Women’s field hockey head coach Sharon Pfluger

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Unlikely internship lessons Benefits of biking Finding out the hard way By Christopher Rightmire Opinions Editor

By Hillary Siegel Staff Writer

I was extremely excited when I first found out that I would be interning at The Philadelphia Inquirer two days a week this past spring semester, despite the fact that it meant I’d be missing meal equiv two days a week. But, as my parents and professors promised me, it would be worth the experience to be published in one of the top newspapers in the country. However, within the first day, I knew that the journalism life just wasn’t for me, and I wanted out — immediately. The pressure of being in a newsroom and under the constant scrutiny of editors and some of the top staff of The Inquirer terrified me, to say the least. For me, the internship was only worth the time and effort to learn that writing for a newspaper is the last thing I want to do with my life. I used to want to write for the

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Commuting is one of the biggest stressors for interns.

sports section of a paper or magazine, because I was smart enough to know that my dreams of reporting on ESPN most likely wouldn’t come true. But as soon as I got to Philadelphia and sat down at my desk and received my first assignment, I knew that my real dreams lay far outside the realm of a newsroom. Each day, I went into Philadelphia at 8 a.m. only to be told as soon as I got into the newsroom that I would have to wait four or five hours to be told my assignment for the day. I could only check Tumblr and Twitter so much, and it started to really annoy me that I wouldn’t be able to spend my time more effectively, and that I had to sit at a desk pretending to be busy for the first half of my day. Usually by the time I was given an assignment, it would almost be time for me to leave, at which point my editor would try to get me to stay, never remembering that I had to be back on campus by 6 p.m. for “Footloose” rehearsal every night. I always felt like I could be doing so much more with my time, and it was unfair that I wasn’t getting the experience I wanted. If someone asked me to go into the city, I’d assume they meant New York City, and I’d be totally up for it. But every time I left for my internship, I was going to Philadelphia — not nearly as glamorous and definitely not as familiar. I had to drive from my house in

Ewing to a PATCO station in Haddonfield, N.J. I hopped the train into Philadelphia — a commute I was not happy about making twice a week. I would have much rather had an internship in New York City, somewhere not only more familiar, but a place that would better suit my needs and real dreams (fashion public relations or editorial work). Yes, I was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer. And yes, the public relations manager of the Philadelphia Eagles contacted me to write for him. And yes, I also covered the Phillies opening day for While all of these internship perks are “cool” and “exciting” and “good for my résumé,” and while I’m still grateful I had these opportunities, it might not have been worth the fact that I didn’t look forward to going to my internship every day. I was seldom excited to receive a work email or do an assignment. I was scared in the city, confused by some of my instructions and hurt when my writing was criticized for doing exactly what my editors told me to do. So in the end, I received four credits and multiple bylines in one of the nation’s top newspapers, but I would’ve been much happier getting coffee for Jenna Lyons in J. Crew’s headquarters. Most people get internships that affirm that they’re meant to be working in the field of their choice, but for me, my internship taught me exactly what I don’t want to be doing when I graduate.

How much extra time do you have to give yourself? Five minutes? 10 minutes? Maybe even 15 minutes if you’re a dedicated student. Depending on your luck — or your willingness to run over fellow students in the way — looking for a parking space in the Colleges commuter lot during peak hours can be a timely affair. The time it takes to find a parking spot is only one of the side-effects of the huge amount of students driving to campus. According to U.S. News and World Report, the College has 37 percent of students living off-campus, and a good chunk of that number lives near the College in Ewing. If more of this sizeable percentage of students biked to class instead of taking a three to five minute drive, this group could create a lot of good for the community and themselves. On top of saving time and cutting down on carbon emissions, the fitness aspect is appealing. According to, 20 minutes of biking a day burns 150 calories for the average-size male and 110 calories for the average-size female. If the cost of a bike is daunting to students, heavily discounted pre-owned bikes can be purchased from the Ewing Bike Exchange located on 1500 N. Olden Ave. The shop is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and it’s run by volunteers. Its proceeds go directly to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. In the future, the College would be wise to invest in a bike rental program. While students may not be as likely to bike when campus is transferred into a frozen tundra during the winter months, having the option of easily renting a bike during the nice days of the year could supply students with an environmentally friendly way of transportation. If the college were to implement a program like this, it would free up some of the space and infrastructure expenses dedicated to the College’s sprawling parking lots, and generate another form of revenue for the school. This could — quite literally — pave the way for a serviceable bike path on campus, further facilitating this healthy habit.

Police power and how it should be used By Christopher Rightmire Opinions Editor

Think back to the last time you saw flashing police lights in your rearview mirror. Did you feel reassurance or a sense of doom? Your personal adherence to the law is likely the largest factor in your reaction. But another variable is the discretion

police officers have over how they charge different citizens. I’ve heard stories of police encounters that range from officers allowing drunk drivers go with a warning, to police issuing underage tickets to minors who hadn’t consumed alcohol and were willing to submit to sobriety tests. Recently, I was pulled over

for a minor traffic violation on a completely empty road. The officer noted but dismissed a 2010 PBA card I had in my glove compartment. Despite being courteous to the officer and having put no people or property at risk, I was issued a ticket for over $150. What would have happened if that was a 2013 PBA card? Would

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Police officers have incredible power in certain situations, but it should not be taken lightly.

I have been free to go despite committing the same offense? Three years ago, I committed a much more egregious traffic offense, but I was personally closer with the officer who gave me that 2010 PBA card. One phone call was all it took to change what would’ve been a hefty fine into a warning. While these two anecdotes can’t be used to generalize the behavior of police officers everywhere, they do show the large amount of discretion that officers have when dealing with citizens. While I doubt that most officers use this power for harm, the power of discretion they possess allows for the potential of favoritism, racism and stereotyping. If I ever find myself in front of a flashing police cruiser again, I shouldn’t have to worry about

how my race, who I’m connected with or the mood of the officer will impact what I am charged with. Instead, whatever charges I’m issued should be a direct reflection on whether I broke the law or not. Police officers aren’t the only public employees given discretion in handling their business. For example, DPW employees are responsible for snow removal. So should they be able to plow their families neighborhoods first? Should teachers be able to hand out homework passes to students whose families support teacher unions? Police officers are professionals in charge of enforcing the law. While a certain amount of discretion is necessary to do this, officers must perpetually strive to uphold their professionalism and not let other extraneous factors affect their judgment.

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Provost / New VP thrives with student body continued from page 1

The newest provost boasts a long career as a college administrator.

Now with just over five months under her belt as provost, she has found what she believes are the College’s precious gems: student-faculty engagement, diversity and community. “It’s much deeper and richer than I could have imagined, and I am thrilled about it,” Taylor said in regard to the faculty-student collaboration effort on campus, citing MUSE, the College’s summer mentor program for undergraduates. In the coming months, Taylor will work with a team of the College’s cabinet officers, including vice president for Enrollment Management Lisa Angeloni, vice president for Human Resources Gregory Pogue, and director of Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmative Action and Diversity Kerri Thomson-Tillet, to create a strategic plan for maintaining the College’s commitment to diversity. “I enjoy leadership roles, and I enjoy working with people to try to help them get wherever we need to go next,” Taylor said. As a part of her role as provost, Taylor is in charge of

using the often scant state funds economically, or “investing properly” in the programs that will best serve the campus. One aspect that Taylor would like to work on is technology. Although the College has made several updates in recent years, like the advent of the blended learning summer classes, she believes in raising awareness “of the way some of these tools can actually strengthen the engagement between faculty and students.” “A digital revolution has occurred,” she said, “We’re moving out in a world where technology is going to be part of the workplace, part of graduate school. So let’s figure out the ‘TCNJ’ way to do this.” In the end, no matter the school she is working at, she is more than satisfied to be working in higher education. “I feel like there are so many problems we face as a world, as a society. Education is one of the answers to almost all of those problems,” Taylor said. “On my very worst day when I feel discouraged about whatever might be going on in the world, I still can feel like I am part of one of the ways that we hope to get better.”

‘Healthy’ salads aren’t always healthy By Ruchi Shah Columnist

Welcome back, new and old Lions! Whether this fall semester came too soon or not soon enough for you, chances are that this academic year already has you in a state of frenzy. With classes just beginning, you’re likely to be struggling to get into the swing of things. In addition to managing your course load, you’re also worried about maintaining your physique. But there is no need to become self-conscious. A new year means new beginnings and it’s perfectly understandable that you want to look good to feel good. However, you don’t have very much time on your hands. Being on campus makes you susceptible to what I like to call the “Fall 15,” rather than the “Freshman 15.” Everyone is equally vulnerable to this unhealthy weight gain.

As a student, you’re bright enough to be well aware of this and consequently, you’ve most likely adopted the salad diet. You’ve convinced yourself that forgoing your daily exercise in favor of making a salad into a meal will enable you to remain physically fit. Your misguided mind is misleading your body. Eickhoff boasts quite an extensive salad bar, complete with options that range from a multitude of veggies to hummus. How healthy your salad truly is depends heavily on how you dress it up. Many students automatically opt for the fat-free dressing, assuming it’s naturally healthiest. Although it does contain fewer calories, a majority of these fat-free dressings are very high in sugar, about two teaspoons per serving. The recommended serving of sugar per day, according to the American Heart Association,

is no more than six teaspoons for women and nine teaspoons for men. In addition, fat-free dressing prevents you from absorbing the carotenoid antioxidants in the tomatoes and greens in your salad. These antioxidants help reduce the risk of heart disease. Who knew that fat-free dressing was actually a counterproductive ingredient in your salad? In fact, a study has shown that those individuals eating salads with full-fat dressing absorbed twice the amount of carotenoid antioxidants compared to individuals eating salads with fat-free dressing. Instead, it’s best to top your salad off with vinegar for a healthy, flavorful zest. Another popular habit among students is to load their salads with croutons and cheese as a means of making their meal more filling. They convince themselves these additions

don’t matter. After all, they’re still eating a “healthy” salad, right? Wrong. Excessive amounts of croutons and cheese are filling your stomach with unhealthy, unnecessary calories. An alternative to these fatty fillers, also found in Eick’s salad bar, is hard-boiled eggs. Hard-boiled eggs are high in protein and contain healthy, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Your lettuce also makes a difference. All too often, students select iceberg lettuce, presuming that what lines their bowl and serves as the bed for all the other veggies doesn’t matter. But it does matter. The rule of thumb for lettuce is: the darker, the healthier. Therefore, opt for the spinach instead. It contains lutein, which is suggested to protect against cancer and blindness. Last but not least, make sure your salad has a myriad of colors and the future of your health is sure to remain bright!

Fracking could pose environmental issues By Aleta Nadolny Correspondent

Spontaneous fishing and rafting trips to the Delaware Water Gap might soon be interrupted by contaminated waters. Fracking is saturating the water bodies with harmful radioactive waste, and your enjoyable trips with friends are about to turn into nightmares. Fracking is real, and it’s right at our doorstep. Hydraulic fracturing is the process of extracting fossil fuels from underground shales. In order to extract fuel, companies blast water, sand and harmful chemicals that contain carcinogens and potentially radioactive substances into underground rock formations. Fracking is currently illegal in New Jersey, but Pennsylvania has been fracking up a storm, producing a whopping 1.3 billion tons of fracking wastewater since its inception. After the fuel is extracted, the water used for the blast is still intact. Only now it’s filled with so many toxins it’ll make your head spin. You may be wondering, “If fracking is illegal in New Jersey, why is it a problem for me?” Although companies cannot physically drill in New Jersey, they are allowed to transport their fracking wastewater to New Jersey water treatment plants. What people don’t know is that New Jersey plants are not actually equipped with the right kind of materials to properly and effectively clean fracking wastewater. As a result, water that is still toxic is dumped into New Jersey reservoirs and rivers. In June 2012, the New Jersey Legislature passed the

Frack Wastewater Ban Bill that prohibits the treatment, discharge or storage of fracking wastewater in New Jersey. However, Governor Chris Christie vetoed the bill in September of 2012, changing it to a moratorium that lasted for a year. In January 2013, the moratorium was concluded, and it has been documented that companies have been distributing wastewater to various plants in New Jersey. Think that hydraulic drilling will never take place in New Jersey? Think again. Drilling companies have set their sights on the Utica Shale, which is located throughout Sussex and Warren counties. If New Jersey legislature lifts the ban on hydraulic fracking, the residents of those counties can kiss their peace of mind, as well as non-radioactive drinking water, goodbye. Supporters of fracking claim that shale drilling is the only way to ensure a continued fuel supply for our country. However, there are other ways to ensure the security of our fuel supply. Green technology is expanding at a rapid rate, and scientists and engineers are working hard to develop fuel-efficient means of transportation, as well as solar energy systems. If you’re worried about your own personal fuel consumption, a simple solution is to use less of it. Ride a bike instead of driving. It’s great exercise and is virtually cost free. Turn off the lights when you leave a room, or install solar panels on your rooftops. These are all ways to reduce fuel consumption. Instead of digging, or in this case drilling, ourselves deeper and deeper into the oil hole, we should be looking for ways to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels as energy.

The future of our drinking water rests in our ability to resist drilling companies and stand up for our rights to a clean water supply. If you feel strongly about this issue, your voice deserves to be heard. Take action.

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Fracking is the process of cracking open valuable shale formations for oil and gas.

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Affleck: Gotham’s hero

Campus Style

By Johnanthony Alaimo Columnist

By Heather Hawkes Columnist Rachel Summer Maricic, sophomore marketing major What are you wearing? Right now I have on a charcoal, marbled maxi skirt from Nirvana paired with a white crop top from Mandees, a vintage elephant necklace from Bershka and gladiator sandals from Target. How would you label your own personal style? I would say I have more of a Boho, beachy kind of style. I always try to break the norms and make it my own by adding different colors and textures. Where does your biggest style influence stem from? My Croatian heritage definitely has been a huge influence on my style. I get tons of inspiration from the streets of Croatia and I like to keep tabs on some really amazing Croatian fashion photographers. How does the fashion in Croatia differ from here? Over there, everyone always dresses up and displays really interesting new fashion trends. You’ll never see anyone in sweatpants, T-shirts or yoga pants. Who is your favorite designer? Ralph Lauren is always a classic or even Etro, who is a largely known European designer. What is one trend around campus that you just don’t understand? I can’t really justify wearing a sweatshirt and sweatpants to class. Mainly because I feel like the way you present yourself at school should be more professional, especially since we are ultimately here on a path to land ourselves a career.

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Embrace your cultural heritage and let your wardrobe shine.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Oh no, it’s just Ben Affleck piggybacking on Matt Damon. The Academy Award winner and star of hit films like “Gigli,” is donning the Caped Crusader’s gear as the next star to portray the superhero. And a lot of people are not amused. Shortly after Warner Brothers announced Affleck’s role as Batman in the next Superman film, the world went up in smoke. There was even a time that the hashtag “BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck” trended on Twitter. Honestly, if you ask me, Ben Affleck’s beard would make a great Batman. After all, the man tangled with one of the greatest villains in reality: Jennifer Lopez. I’m sure he can handle himself. We have much darker issues to worry about anyway. Like the Miley Cyrus performance at the VMAs where she twerked against a bunch of stuffed bears. Listen honey, the last time a teddy got that nasty was in “Toy Story 3” and that did not end well. I

mean, there was more bear and ass I than a Charmin commercial! Please, do not mistake my disdain for slut shaming. There is a way a woman can show her body in a sexy fashion and still be classy. Miley Cyrus failed to do that. Her performance was raunchy and crude at best. She should have taken a lesson from none other than Miss Britney Spears. Spears was and some may argue (I may argue) still is a pioneer in the art of sensual performing. She skipped sticking out her tongue and shoving a foam finger in between her legs. Do not even dare try to say Britney’s 2001 VMA performance was anything but the best. She not only made it clear she was the HBIC, but she also turned a lot of us into reptile enthusiasts. What better way to end this column than with exciting sex tape news? This one will not come as a surprise. Kris and Bruce Jenner apparently made such a film, much to the horror of humanity. Honest to God, this family has made more sex tapes than wedding videos. So hang around Google for the next few weeks because I’m sure it’ll turn up. Because if the Kardashian family is good at anything, it’s leaking.

What is your favorite season to dress for and why? Definitely fall because it is so versatile. You can basically pair together pieces from your entire wardrobe. It’s fun to have a season where you have so many different options. What fashion trends do you predict will be big this fall? Thin, oversized sweaters with leggings paired with high socks and those little suede ankle-boots. What is one piece of fashion advice that you live by? I like mixing up my clothes and never wearing the same outfit twice. I’ll always make sure I change the jewelry combinations or layer different pieces together.

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Fueling the fire of many, Affleck is the next Batman and Miley’s twerking gifs might break the Internet.

Stuffed sandwiches at bargain prices

Emma Colton / Features Editor

Open and closed views of the crispy, hot and cheap panini. By Emma Colton Features Editor

Forget going to Route 1 to find an eatery with yummy sandwiches. Mosey a mile down Pennington Road and buy yourself a loaded sandwich at a bargain price.

I’m not going to lie. At first glance, Ray’s Sub Shop looks like a dinky, holein-the-wall sandwich joint — plus, they use the word “sub” instead of the proper term “hoagie.” The building itself is a house with a hunk of space cordoned off for panini pressing and sandwich building. It’s like Ray (who I imagine owns the place) woke up one morning and finally decided to make his sandwich shop dreams come true. Dicey housing aside, the reviews online and word of mouth on campus had me grabbing my pen and paper to document if the glowing remarks were true. So I ventured over with an empty stomach and a craving for a hot panini. Inside it’s cramped — a claustrophobe’s nightmare. Tables are squished in a corner, chip shelves and soda refrigerators line the small back wall, and the main ordering station takes up the rest of the deli. And if you order a combo meal, you get to pick the type of chips, like barbecue or kettle cooked, and the type of soda from this area. Even though it was congested, the mouth-watering smells made me know the trip was worth it. It smelled like sizzling bacon on a Saturday morning combined

with warm bread. I ordered the Roma panini, which consisted of a piece of grilled lemon chicken with bacon, cheese and Italian dressing. Bonus: all panini come with chips and a free can of soda. My filling meal rang up to a measly $6.50. After a couple hasty pictures to tag along with this review (I’m not a foodie hipster, I swear), I finally took a bite. My panini expertise stems from sandwiches from Panera and Wegmans, so I’m not the most experienced panini eater on the block. But this hot-pressed sandwich has me hard-pressed to find a rival. I love grilled lemon chicken (who doesn’t?), and when it’s combined with crispy bacon and zesty Italian dressing, your taste buds do so many backflips they could audition for Cirque du Soleil. The sandwich satisfied my craving and already has me planning when I’ll make my next visit. Add Ray’s Sub Shop to your list of local places to try. Their food is cheap, delicious and within walking or biking distance of school.

Ray’s Sub Shop

Where: 1540 Pennington Rd, Ewing, NJ Contact: (609) 771-8006 Hours Mon. - Fri. : 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sat. : 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sun. : 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Overall Rating (4 out of 5):

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Arts & Entertainment

‘Three for Free’ jokes far from cheap By Linah Munem Staff Writer

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Barry Rothbart jokes without offending the crowd.

Insults and stereotypes were blatantly on the menu last Thursday at the College Union Board’s S.A.F. funded and Welcome Week co-sponsored “Three For Free” comedy show. Punchline after controversial punchline, students noticeably began to stir in their seats inside Kendall Hall’s main auditorium — with laughter, that is. “Last Comic Standing’s” Kevin Bozeman was the first comedian to try out the eager crowd, and he was not afraid to poke a little fun at the College. “I like going to schools I’ve never heard of,” Bozeman said. “TCNJ, where’s that?” The comedian also did not shy away from using those all too familiar social stereotypes he thinks are far from taboo. “There are a lot of stereotypes out there,” Bozeman said. “Most of them are true, so we should embrace them … If I don’t stereotype, how else am I supposed to judge you?” Senior psychology major Nick Bargovic was not at all bothered by Bozeman’s racy comedy. “(Bozeman) pushed the envelope ... but his comedy was my kind of style,” Bargovic said. The crowd, who Bozeman had erupting with laughter, also seemed unaffected by his jokes.

The second act of the night, Helen Hong from “StandUp in Stilettos,” continued on Bozeman’s theme of stereotypes, particularly poking fun at her own Korean descent. “I hope you guys laugh a lot, because I could be making a lot more money giving manicures right now,” Hong said. Hong’s engaging comedy really resonated with sophomore mathematics and secondary education double major Megan Decker, who thought her comedy was rather memorable. “She gave us insight into her upbringing and how it was affected by her culture,” Decker said. “But, at the same time, I felt like I could relate to her because she involved the audience.” Finally, Barry Rothbart, cast member of “Punked,” a College Humor exclusive, and member of “Funny or Die,” closed out the night. Rothbart may have been the least controversial of the three comedians, but he focused on the funny events from his everyday life and poked some fun at Kendall Hall. “It’s good to be in the theatre where Abe Lincoln was shot,” Rothbart said. Many audience members found Rothhard’s lighthearted comedy to be more refreshing than the others. “I don’t think that anything he said was offensive, which I look for in comedy,” junior psychology major Mariah Black said. “I think there is a fine line that you walk with comedy and he was great. Everything was real funny.”

Greek and sleek, fall theater has begun By Tom Kozlowski Arts & Entertainment Editor

With another semester underway, the College’s theatrical community is suiting up for a new season of productions. Last spring brought the musical brovado of Herbert Ross’s “Footloose” to campus, but theater groups of all styles are prompting fresh ideas and auditions for the upcoming fall stage. This October, All College Theatre will present the Greek comedy “Lysistrata” on Kendall Hall’s main stage. The play, which will run from Oct. 9 to 12, chronicles an attempt by Greek

women to end the Peloponnesian War by withholding sex from their husbands — a ploy that instead tends to inflame the men. Students young and old are encouraged to get involved with the production. “We’re excited to meet and work with new people,” ACT president Lindsey Nice said. “Whether that’s freshmen, new transfers or anyone who’s been at TCNJ for a while but hasn’t made it to an ACT meeting yet, we love to make friends.” There will also be an interactive murder mystery show scheduled later in the semester, though at this time there are no

released details. This semester additionally brings new faces to ACT, but they trust that the organization’s talent has remained. “Besides a newly elected executive board, not much has changed,” Nice said. “However, this year we plan to focus more on working with other organizations on campus.” Another key campus group, TCNJ Musical Theatre, is planning its usual roster of shows for the fall. Broadway Night routinely occurs in early October, with solo or group musical numbers crowning the night, while “Cabaret” will premiere

from Nov. 14 to 16 and on Nov. 22 and 23. “TMT is so excited to be performing a two-weekend run for the first time,” president Jenna Rose said. “‘Pippin’ was such a success last year that we had to spread the performances out of Cabaret over two weekends.” In addition to their upcoming shows, TMT is jointly planning an event with the College Union Board and Lion Late Night, with more details expected to surface soon. Elsewhere, The Mixed Signals, the College’s improvisation group, will hold their first show on Sept. 15 in the Library Auditorium, ac-

cording to their website. Annual auditions for the troupe will be held in October for anyone interested and quick on their feet. And even if students are not keen on acting, the College’s theater groups welcome students with talents across the board. “(Theater) is not just a place for actors,” Nice said. “It is for anyone who is interested in writing, producing, directing, stage management, set, tech, lights, sound, costumes, props or makeup.” Needless to say, the College’s theater community has a spotlight reserved for the dramatic side in all of us.

‘You’re Next’ murders genre competition By Karl Delossantos Staff Writer

It has been quite some time since there has been a truly enjoyable and well-made horror film. However, with the beginning of the 2013 summer season came one of the strongest horror films in years. “The Conjuring” set a definite bar for the rest of the year’s genre films, despite having to overcome an uninspired plot and saturated market. After making the rounds at festivals for nearly two years, indie horror flick “You’re Next” finally made it to a wide release. Though the film often strives and mostly succeeds in reaching the bar set by “The Conjuring,” it takes a few missteps in reaching the overall goal of a cohesive and successfully frightening movie that pays homage to the genre that it attempts to replicate. “You’re Next” tells the story of the wealthy Davison family, headed by Paul (Rob Moran) and Aubrey (Barbara Crampton). They, along with their adult kids, spend a weekend at their vacation

home in a remote location in the woods, but the film quickly takes a turn for the worse as masked assailants begin murdering the family members one by one. Despite the stereotypical premise, director Adam Winard and screenwriter Simon Barnett were able to successfully steer the film away from the mistakes that countless home invasion horror films tend to make, without deviating too far away from the expectations of the genre. As the night of terror unfolds, our heroine, Erin, brilliantly played by Sharni Vinson, somehow makes it out of close calls and terrible violence to solve the mystery of who is attacking her family. Along the way to a twist ending, we experience brutal gore and some of the sharpest black humor to hit the silver screen in years. Horror fans will love the clichéd characters and frequent jump scares, while film snobs can take solace in the fact that this is indeed a homage to the genre. For everyone else, this will be a thoroughly entertaining night of thrills and gut-busting humor. Along the way, we do experience

unlikable characters and some absurdity that one should expect from this kind of film. But these common missteps never prevent one from enjoying everything else it has to offer. “You’re Next” is one of those rare films

that knows exactly what it is and aims directly for it. The mix of gore, humor and familiarity takes the film from being a passable “B” movie to a successful and well-executed homage that may change the way we view the genre.

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The creepiest petting zoo that intends to kill you — please don’t feed them.

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In prison, Netflix’s ‘Orange’ is golden

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Chapman comes in unprepared for the rough environment behind bars — nor is she prepared for stalkers and pudding labeled ‘Desert Storm.’ By Jared Sokoloff Staff Writer

Upper-class, college-educated Piper Chapman is sentenced to 15 months in a low security prison for a single drug offense that she committed a decade earlier during her “lesbian phase.” Enter these crazy sitcom scenarios and stereotypical characters and you get a cliché comedy. No, no. “Orange is the New Black” is a Netflix show, so it’s going to break the freaking mold. Rather than a bland pastiche, we get about 10 independent and interweaving storylines throughout the 13 episodes, plus

flashbacks telling the backstories of quite a few inmates. And these backstories humanize the prisoners, showing not only how they went to prison, but why they did what they did. We get characters who are hilarious and over the top, and some who are evil to the nastiest degree. But they are built up with such depth and emotion that you can’t help but sympathize with the ones you hate and hate the ones you love. You relate with the characters, and then they graduate from fictional convicts to somehow very real people. These are the characters that stand the test of time and become truly iconic.

Also, it’s an ensemble cast in the true sense of the world. It’s made up of men, women, whites, blacks, Latinos, the wealthy, the poor, heterosexuals, homosexuals and many others from a variety of backgrounds. “Orange is the New Black” is a great allaround comedy, but it was after a long analyzing conversation with my good friends that I realized why this show is truly one of the best things you can watch right now. The major thing I picked up on was the show’s portrayal of a transgender woman. It seemed like a true and honest approach to the character and wasn’t glossed over at all. Not being completely familiar with transgender issues, I asked one of my friends, a transsexual male himself, to find out if the show got it right. Apparently, it did. Not only is the character played by an actual transsexual woman, but it nailed a slew of issues that other productions have gotten wrong in the past. As the conversation continued, I realized there were a ton of sociological points that the show hit which, while I certainly appreciated, I did not outright acknowledge while watching the show. We see white privilege openly addressed by the characters themselves and racial divides between groups of prisoners in their most raw forms. This show isn’t here to mess around, and it’s not going to gloss over any issue. It’s going to show these issues at their ugliest, and they’re going to show them right. So for those of you who are still asking, “Why should I watch this show?” I

give you this final reason: because I said so. Trust me. Take my word and just watch the show. Sit down and go for it. You will not be disappointed. Because whether you’re watching purely for the entertainment, for the sociological issues it deals with or because you’re just like “Why not?” “Orange is the New Black” will make that $8 Netflix fee the best $8 you have spent in a very long time, and maybe the best $8 you’ve ever spent.

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Contrary to popular belief, the women of ‘Orange’ have an empathetic rationale for being there.

Students fly solo, play music for everyone Mike Nunes Staff Writer The Rathskeller came alive Friday night as a slew of performers took the stage, playing to a packed house. The lineup of musicians included campus talents such as Tom Ciccone, Brandon Schiff and Julia Malak. Ciccone played a batch of his own songs, which varied from deeply personal to political. His last song, “Lay it on the Line,” was one of his more controversial performances. The song told the story of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American boy who was shot last year in Florida by George Zimmerman, and the ensuing media attention it garnered.

The audience was further entertained by senior mechanical engineering major Brandon Schiff’s blend of comedy and guitar. “I feel like you have to put on a show,” Schiff said. Schiff serenaded listeners with his mesmerizing guitar playing and soulful voice. Despite being a songwriter himself, he mostly covered songs from other bands such as Death Cab for Cutie, Dragonforce and The Killers. Although he originally played drums in elementary school, Schiff took up guitar six years ago. For him, hearing the applause of the crowd was the best part of his performance. “I love entertaining,” Schiff said. “If people are entertained, I enjoy it.”

The final performer of the night was sophomore communication studies major Julie Malak. Her heartfelt lyrics gave listeners an insight into her personal life. Her songs, such as “Head Over Heels” and “Pavement,” chronicled her experiences with love and how she felt at the time. Malak’s honest, down-to-earth musical style was reminiscent of an early Taylor Swift, who is not coincidentally her musical inspiration. This singer/songwriter draws on her life experiences to provide inspiration for her songs. To capture what she’s feeling in a song, she writes her lyrics immediately after something happens to her. And when it comes to performing in front of a live audience, she feels completely at home.

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At The Rat’s first soloist night, students perform setlists of their own songs, both personal and political.

‘Iron Man’ sequel is nothing to marvel at By Chris Minitelli Staff Writer Over the summer, there were a number of blockbuster hits that smashed box office records. The highest grossing film so far this year is “Iron Man 3.” The third installment of the “Iron Man” series definitely takes on a different tone and look than the two films that came before it. In this film, the famous Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., finds himself stripped of everything and torn apart from his normal life after a terrorist, played by Ben Kingsley, targets him. Once taken away from everything, Stark embarks on a personal and physical odyssey in order to save himself, his capabilities and the nation. I am definitely a fan of the first two “Iron Man” movies and I certainly liked the third installment. The best parts of “Iron Man 3” are probably the graphics and special effects. All of the recent Marvel pictures have included very impressive effects, and this one undoubtedly

Remember the suit — forget the film.

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stepped up to the plate. While these were definitely the greatest aspects of “Iron Man 3,” its cast was also impressive. Robert Downey Jr.

is, without a doubt, the standout in this film for obvious reasons. However, I think it is just as impressive that he has been able to continue portraying Tony Stark so consistently and so well in each of the “Iron Man” movies, as well as in “The Avengers.” Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce also starred in “Iron Man 3” and they all demonstrated their acting abilities. While I did enjoy this movie as I was watching it, I feel that it is pretty forgettable. I feel this way about almost all of the superhero and other Marvel movies that have been coming out recently. “Iron Man 3” definitely gives its audience a lot with its great graphics, plot twists, action and some witty dialogue. However, it fails to have much of a lasting impact on its audience after initially watching it. In the end, “Iron Man 3” is, without a doubt, an entertaining and exciting film that is worth checking out, but you just might not remember much about it a few weeks later.

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Soccer goes big and then goes home Men’s Soccer

Lions follow up blowout win with close loss

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Shaw scores three goals for the Lions in just two games.

By Peter Fiorilla Sports Editor

It was a week of extremes for the men’s soccer team, which put a hurting on John Jay College last Friday before suffering heartbreak in a familiar

fashion against Rhode Island College on Saturday afternoon. The Lions (1-1) played a great game aginst John Jay, handing the Bloodhounds their most lopsided defeat since October 2010 in a 7-0 demolition. Senior midfielder Kevin Shaw opened the scoring in the sixth minute with an unassisted goal, and the floodgates opened near half-time when the Lions were able to run up the score on the back of positive possession play. “We were able to establish early in the game that we were the better team,” Shaw said. “By holding onto the ball and keeping possession, we created opportunities. Once we scored the first goal and got the lead, more chances were created, and we were able to finish them.” Shaw, last year’s leading scorer, added another goal late in the game for his first brace of the young season, while sophomore forward Greg Perri added the second and third goals of his Lions career on two shots.

Senior midfielder David DeLooper, freshman midfielder Nick Costelloe and freshman forward Sean Etheridge also got on the scoreboard in a dominant offensive performance which showed that this year’s team — which mostly resembles last season’s low-scoring squad — is more than capable of putting the ball in the back of the net. “The only offensive player we lost from last year was (forward Ray Nelan), and unfortunately he was hurt for most of last year, so really we didn’t lose too much,” Shaw said. “We brought in a few new players, but our personnel for our offense is mostly the same. I think we have a good group, so I’m hoping we will figure it out early and be able to efficiently score this year.” The Lions’ next game was considerably tighter, though, and the familiar theme from last year of not taking advantage of scoring chances reared its ugly head in a 2-1 defeat to Rhode Island. Shaw got on the scoreboard again

off service from senior midfielder Sean Casey for a Lions lead before half-time, but Rhode Island came out of the gate strong in the second half and equalized in the 66th minute The College did manage to force Rhode Island’s goalkeeper into seven saves, but poor finishing kept the Lions off the board until they conceded a game-deciding penalty kick 2:47 into double overtime. “This game reminded me a lot like last year,” Shaw said. “We had control of the game and had opportunities we should have put away, but weren’t able to, (and) this was able to keep them in the game. I do not think this was their keeper having a great game but rather us not being able to finish our chances.” The Lions can get back into the win column during this week’s Rowan Invitational Tournament in Glassboro, N.J., in which they play Gynedd-Mercy College and Farmingday State College on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Field Hockey

Field hockey stumbles in hostile territory By Andrew Grossman Sports Assistant

Despite a promising start in their season opener, the women’s field hockey team fell short in the final minutes of their away game against Stevens Institute of Technology, 4-3. At first it appeared that the Ducks would give the 12th-ranked Lions little trouble after an early goal by

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Junior Erin Healy opens the scoring 6:47 in.

junior forward Erin Healy. Healy, who ranked second on the team with 26 points last year, gave the Lions the early momentum that the women were looking for in order blow the game wide open. There was no such luck, however, as the game remained competitive throughout, with neither team ever leading by more than one goal. Stevens, who had never beaten the College in school history, did not back down, as they erased deficits of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2. The Lions outshot the Ducks 12-2 in the first half but were outshot in the second 17-4. Despite the disappointing loss, there was a big upside for this young squad who has only one senior this year. The main surprise came from freshman forward Lexi Smith who recorded her first two collegiate goals for the Lions. The first came when Smith took advantage of a loose ball to score 41 seconds before the end of the first half. This important goal gave the Lions a 2-1 heading into the second half. “The team had many great moments,” head coach Sharon Pfluger said. “Our goals were beautiful.” Shortly into the second half, however, the Ducks replied and tied the game at 2-2. After swapping goals, the game was tied once more, thanks to another Smith

goal. With just 3:17 left in the game, however, a costly penalty stroke sealed the Lions’ fate. “We made some mistakes that cost us the game, but I am confident that everyone learned a lot from yesterday’s game — and will improve because of it,” Pfluger said. The Lions look forward to playing in their home opener this Saturday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. against Fairleigh Dickinson University–Florham.

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The Lions fall just short in their season opener.

Cross Country

Tedeschi gives a run to remember

Freshman impresses at Blue/Gold Classic

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Nealon’s hard work pays dividends. By Julie Kayzerman Nation & World Editor Although experience tends to be the main factor to success, sometimes it’s

the freshmen with the most drive. For the Lions’ men’s cross country team, it was freshman Andrew Tedeschi who took the 10th fastest time in his first ever collegiate event at the annual Blue/Gold Classic on Saturday, Aug. 29 for the Lions. Tedeschi crossed the line at 16:09:40, pacing 5:12 per mile. “Going into the race, I was hoping to just get top five for the Blue team,” Tedeschi said. “But once the race started, I felt really good and thought I could do some damage.” Although Tedeschi picked up his pace and began passing people, he had no idea he made the top 10 until later that night, thinking he placed around 25th with the gifted talent he was racing against.

“It was a great race to start off my collegiate career,” he said. “But there is still a lot of work to do.” Freshmen Kevin Scott and Brandon Mazzarella also proved themselves taking the 12th and 13th spots, finishing just behind senior Dominic Tasco, who took 11th with a time of 16:11:14 to start off his season. But on the women’s side it was a veteran with an impressive showcase as junior Tara Nealon finished third out of 38 runners in the 5K event with a time of 19:15:61. Working hard all summer, Nealon simply said, “It feels good knowing that I didn’t wake up early almost every day in the summer to run for nothing.” Her teammates weren’t far behind as they represented the women’s Lions

well, with seniors Sarah Polansky and Anginelle Alabanza finishing in the top 10 and junior Jillian Manzo following suit in the 11th spot.

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The Lions run against DI teams.

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Peter Fiorilla “The Ref”

Julie Kayzerman N&W Editor

Chris Molicki News Editor

Greg Oriolo Correspondent

In this week’s Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Peter Fiorilla, asks our panel three questions: what they think of Johnny Manziel’s bizarre one-half game suspension by the NCAA, what this year’s most exciting NFL storyline is, and if the Red Sox are AL favorites after turning 180 degrees since last season’s embarrassing September collapse.

1. What do you think of the NCAA’s one-half game suspension of Johnny Manziel, star Texas A&M quarterback, for reportedly violating league policy by selling autographed memorabilia? Chris: With all of the penalties that the NCAA gives to athletes, this is a mere slap on the wrist. In fact, a Texas A&M student was quoted saying she used to get timeouts longer than Manziel’s suspension. This was a common case of the NCAA being unsure of what to do, but knowing they had to do something. As of writing this, the Aggies are up seven at the half against Rice with Manziel prepared to enter the game after the intermission. He’ll likely crush the Owls, which is what everyone knew would happen. Therefore, the penalty was essentially nothing. While I do think Manziel shouldn’t be selling memorabilia, I think he gets a bad rep for

everything he does. He’s just a college kid trying to have fun. Can’t we all relate? But when he does something, he does have to be reprimanded, and the NCAA let him off the hook big time. Greg: I personally do not believe “Johnny Football” should have been suspended for any amount of time. The reason for this is because there is no indisputable evidence showing that he clearly was paid for signing memorabilia. This brief suspension, if that’s what you want to call it, was an absolute joke and an impulsive act based on the speculation that Manziel did get paid. Speculation is a dangerous thing, and the NCAA did not handle this situation well, basing their petty suspension all on assumption. If the NCAA wanted to make a point, they would have found the evidence needed to punish Manziel and suspend him for an extended period of time.

Julie: I think the NCAA’s suspension of Johnny Manziel is appropriate. As a collegiate athlete representing not only himself but Texas also A&M, he should be aware of the league policies and abide by them.

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Violating the policies that athletes agree to upon signing to play a sport for a school is a violation of the game’s integrity, as the quality of play is overshadowed by financial schemes.

Greg wins for his anti-NCAA convictions, Julie gets 2 points for taking the road less traveled & Chris gets 1 point for pointing out Manziel is still just a kid in college.

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2. Coming into the first week of play, what do you think is the most compelling NFL story to watch out for? Chris: Tebow getting cut from the Patriots! No, just kidding. I’d have to say the thing I’m most interested in is the performance of the second-year starting quarterbacks. Last year, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick all took their teams to the playoffs (with Kaepernick going to the Super Bowl) in their first year starting.

These four players have a huge amount of influence on their respective franchises, and that’s four playoff teams and two Super Bowl contenders. It will be interesting to see if the QBs can avoid a sophomore slump and continue their success. Wilson and Kaepernick have a huge help from their defenses, but the fact remains that these players can each drastically affect the NFL landscape for the next 10 years, let alone next season. Will the read option continue to work? Can Griffin III stay

healthy? Can Luck cut down his turnovers? These are all pressing questions that I am very interested to find the answers for. Greg: As with the start of every NFL season, there are several intriguing storylines that are extremely compelling. This year, the one I feel deserves the most attention is the success of read option quarterbacks (Wilson, RG3, Kaepernick) throughout the NFL. This is the first full offseason defensive coordinators have had to plot against fast-paced, dualthreat quarterbacks, and it is interesting to see if these offenses will be as successful as they were in the following year. There is much debate about if this new style of QB play is replacing the prototypical packet passer, which I believe it is not. Even though many polls have the likes of Seattle, San Francisco and even Washington toward the top of power rankings, do not be surprised to see the offensives of these teams decline from a year ago, whereas teams with pocket passing QBs (Denver, Atlanta, New England, New Orleans) will continue to improve and end up with the Lombardi trophy. Julie: I’m not very compelled by the NFL,

but I think it’s pretty interesting that Joe Flacco stated that Manziel is “quickly becoming my favorite player in college football.” Despite the controversy over Manziel’s suspensions and illegal actions against the league, Flacco is looking to turn the college football conversation back into sports-related talks, rather than illegal, financial affairs.

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Greg wins for talking about the recent trend of read option QB’s, Chris gets 2 points for saying how many good sophomore QBs there are & Julie gets 1 point for talking about Flacco.

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3. How have the Red Sox had so much suc- Justin Verlander having an average year by cess this year, and are they favorites to come his standards, but they’re playing their best out of the American League playoffs? baseball right now. Last year, the Tigers Chris: The Red Sox have had a phenomenal were in cruise control during the regular bounce-back season, and they certainly are season and made it to the World Series. This for real. If Clay Bucholz can get healthy, year, they’re playing like the best team in they would have a stellar playoff rotation the AL, and that’s because they are the best with Jon Lester, Jake Peavy and the re- team in the AL. Combine Verlander with surgent John Lackey to go with their po- assumed Cy Young winner Max Scherzer tent offense. However, the Detroit Tigers and the lineup led by Miguel Cabrera, and should be considered the AL favorites. the talent is all there. I could see a BostonNevermind the fact that they have the larg- Detroit ALCS, but when you have arguably est run differential in the majors with ace the best hitter and pitcher in baseball, you Chris wins for talking about the potential of Boston’s rotation, Greg gets 2 points for pointing out Detroit’s superior stats & Julie gets 1 point for mentioning the Peavy trade.

have to be considered the favorite. Greg: One of the major keys to the Boston Red Sox success this year is their consistent hitting. Besides the Detroit Tigers, there is no team in baseball that manufactures more runs and gets on base more than the Red Sox. With a very balanced lineup, the BoSox can beat a team every way possible, which makes them dangerous against any pitcher in any park. Couple this with an above average overall pitching staff, and the team is one of the top contenders in the American League but does this make them the AL favorite? I think not. Detroit in my mind has to be the favorite as long as Cabrera stays healthy. In almost every

facet of the game, hitting, pitching and fielding, the Tigers are just a little bit better than the Boston. They have a higher team average, more runs scored, more homeruns, lower team ERA and commit fewer errors than the BoSox. With more experience, better rotations and an even more consistent lineup, do not be surprised to see Detroit in the World Series this October. Julie: The Red Sox are the favorites to come out of the American League playoffs after having had so much success this year with the Mike Napoli and Johnny Gomes producing well. Their trade to acquire pitcher Jake Peavy has helped along with Dustin Pedrioa and David Ortiz continuing to hit well.

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Lions / In form early Virtual Perfection Soccer starts 2-0 Women’s Soccer

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The Lions win a doubles tournament and their 149th straight NJAC game. By Nicholas Haff Correspondent

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The Lions benefit from a variety of contributors in their positive start. continued from page 32 In the final five minutes of the opening half, Levering led the way with three shots on goal, while junior forward Korrie Harkins had two, and a plethora of other teammates had one. Griffith finished the game with three great saves. While it may be intimidating for freshman players to be playing at this level, the freshmen on this team seem to be meshing with everyone else just fine. They were integral assets during these first two games and hold much promise for the rest of the season. What we have seen from them this early on in the season is highly impressive.

“Even as a freshman, I can tell we have a very special team and that we are going to do great things this year,” freshman defender Aubrey Andrews said. “It’s been incredible to be taken in by the upperclassmen and to really feel a part of the tradition, pride, selflessness and determination that makes up this incredible team ­— I guarantee you we will be ready to do whatever it takes to make it all the way, together as a family.” The Lions have another tournament this coming week, in which they take on Stevenson University on Saturday and St. Mary’s College of Maryland on Sunday. Regular season play begins on Saturday, Sept. 14 against Farmingdale College.

The women’s tennis team, under the direction of head coach Scott Dicheck, had a terrific outing hosting the College’s annual doubles tournament this past Friday, Aug. 30. The Lions hosted the Steven’s Institute of Technology Ducks from Hoboken in a contest that featured nine doubles and three singles sets due to an odd number of available players on the side of the Ducks. The College’s pairing of freshman Katie Buchbinder and sophomore Jasmine Muniz-Cadorette sported a dominant outing. The pair went 3-0 over the course of their doubles sets for the evening and won each set in stylish fashion, with scores of 8-4, 8-5 and 8-1. Junior Sarah Lippincott and freshman Anna Prestera also had strong performances, working their way to winning two of three doubles sets by scores of 8-0

and 8-4, and only dropping one set. The final duo of senior Tara Criscuolo and sophomore Victoria Michel also managed to win a set, ending the day 2-1. In the singles competition sets of the day, the College squad managed to sweep the Steven’s Ducks and take all three sets. Junior Megan Restua bested opponent Lily Bruenjes, only allowing her opponent to win a single game, ending the set with a score of 8-1. The College ended up taking the match, winning the doubles tournament by a final score of 9-3. This impressive performance by the team in both singles and doubles competition provided an ample amount of momentum moving into their first conference competition match of the season on Saturday, Aug. 31, an away match at Kean University. In the six matches which were played — three were Cougars forfeits — the Lions outscored Kean 66-9 for their 149th consecutive NJAC win.

Week one N.F.L. power rankings Cheap Seats

By Chris Molicki News Editor

1. San Francisco 49ers: The reigning NFC champs may have a hole at wide receiver with the loss of Michael Crabtree, but Frank Gore, the defense and the rise of Colin Kaepernick, has them as the favorites. 2. Green Bay Packers: It seems they finally have a solid featured rusher in Eddie Lacy, and they spent this offseason upgrading their defense. Oh, and they have Aaron Rodgers too — the best quarterback in the league. 3. Atlanta Falcons: A solid offensive line is protecting Matt Ryan, and the addition of Steven Jackson in the run game will give the offense a new dimension. If Osi Umenyiora can play like he did in his Giant days, and rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant gets going right away, it will provide a huge boost for the defense. 4. Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning will have his most loaded receiving core yet with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker. The defense is suspect, but will be upgraded when Von Miller returns from suspension. 5. Seattle Seahawks: There’s so much depth on this team all around. The defense is ferocious and Marshawn Lynch is a beast running the ball. It just remains to be seen whether or not Russell Wilson can take this team to the next level. 6. New England Patriots: There have been a lot of changes in New England this offseason, but Tom Brady is still there, and a reliable running game and defense should get the Pats a bye in the weak AFC. 7. New Orleans Saints: Sean Payton is back, and that should pay huge dividends for the Saints. The team often looked lost last season, but will be much more controlled and excel as long as Drew Brees doesn’t throw too many picks. 8. Houston Texans: It’s time to put up or shut up for Matt Schaub. Arian Foster, J. J. Watt and the surrounding players are top-notch, so Schaub will need to get them to the next level.

9. Baltimore Ravens: It’s hard to bet on Joe Flacco after last season, but after losing Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta, the Ravens don’t look so scary anymore. 10. Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals have a scary front line led by Geno Atkins and weapons such as A. J. Green and Giovani Bernard, but it’s up to Andy Dalton to have a breakout year if this team wants playoff success. 11. New York Giants: The offense looks dynamic, but the defense looks putrid. Still, with Eli Manning at the helm, the Giants are always contenders. 12. Chicago Bears: Head coach Marc Trestman will need to get some offensive balance for the Bears, who have consistently fallen apart down the stretch. 13. Washington Redskins: If Robert Griffin III stays healthy, this is a playoff team with the potential to be more. If not, they’ll be rather lost. 14. Pittsburgh Steelers: With a beat up Ben Roethlisberger, an aging defense and no running game, these Steelers look to be pretty average. 15. Dallas Cowboys: It’s the same old story for the Cowboys. There’s plenty of talent, but not good decision making by either head coach Jason Garrett, owner Jerry Jones or quarterback Tony Romo. 16. Carolina Panthers: Carolina finished last season winning five of six games. If Cam Newton can truly break out, they may contend for a playoff spot. 17. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck will improve, but the luck that the Colts had last year probably won’t, as they’re in for a decline. 18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Darrelle Revis addition is obviously huge, but this team’s success is on Josh Freeman. Doug Martin should help him out, but it’s time for Freeman to show us what he’s got. 19. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill’s growth and the addition of Mike Wallace have the Dolphins headed in the right direction, but they’re just not there yet. 20. St. Louis Rams: With Tavon Austin, Jared Cook and Chris Givens, Sam Bradford has his best receiving corps yet.

Too bad he’s in the NFC West. 21. Detroit Lions: After a hugely disappointing four-win season, expect Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson to go off yet again. The question is: can the defense hold up? 22. Kansas City Chiefs: Injuries decimated the Chiefs last year. Alex Smith and Andy Reid will make them better, but not that much better. 23. Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson is a mutant, no doubt, but he can only do so much to help Christian Ponder. Another lucky team last year, the Vikes are going to suffer a drop-off. 24. Cleveland Browns: The Browns defense is actually looking good this year, and having Trent Richardson as the centerpiece of the offense is promising. But this is a quarterbackdriven league, and Brandon Weeden is just not good enough. 25. Philadelphia Eagles: Chip Kelly’s offense has the potential to be explosive, but the defense has the chance to be awful. If Michael Vick gets hurt again, it’s going to be another long year. 26. Arizona Cardinals: Sure, Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians should lead a potent aerial attack, but the offensive line is still pretty bad, and they have to protect him. 27. Tennessee Titans: One of the most “vanilla” teams in the league, the Titans upgraded their offensive line this offseason, but still have plenty of question marks on both sides of the ball. 28. Buffalo Bills: E. J. Manuel has shown promise so far, but he’s still a long way away. Expect a lot of shootouts and a lot of C. J. Spiller. 29. San Diego Chargers: Phillip Rivers is past his prime and he’s throwing to a pretty sad excuse of a wide receiving corps. 30. New York Jets: The defense will keep them in games, but the offense is painfully bad. This is Mark Sanchez’s last chance. 31. Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars finally have a solid rebuilding program set, but as long as they have Blaine Gabbert, they’re in trouble. 32. Oakland Raiders: It’s going to be another one of those years in the black hole. Oakland’s defensive and offensive options are both very troubling.


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The only remotely interesting thing that happened in sports this past week was cuts in football. This is what we in the sportscolumn-writing game refer to as “Uh-oh time,” because we actually have to come up with something to write, rather than just secretly or openly mocking whatever just happened. I know, I know, there are things happening in tennis and golf right now, and technically Tim Tebow did get cut from the Patriots (which is all anyone on TV has been talking about for a week now). But those things are either not easily related to fantasy sports or have been beaten so far into the ground that the seismologists are concerned. So I’m not going to talk about them, and instead will focus on an issue in sports/fantasy sports that I’ve been thinking about for a while and definitely am not pulling out of my nether regions at the last possible second. The idea of “holdover players.” For those who don’t know, some fantasy sports leagues take place with the same group of people every year, and in some of those leagues the participants are allowed to retain players from their teams of the last season. It’s a simple concept, and one easily related to real-life sports, since typically players are signed for several years rather than just the one. I’m going to go on a quick tangent based on that last thought: Wouldn’t it be awesome if every player was a free agent at the end of every season? I can just imagine a world in which a random superstar convinced all of his superstar friends to play on some random team for one season, go completely undefeated because every player on the team is a superstar, then immediately all sign with different teams the next season, making every sports fan have a semi-psychotic breakdown. Anyway, with these holdover players, fantasy league entrants are allowed to keep their players from last season. This means whichever guy was lucky enough to draft, say, Adrian Peterson last year will be lucky enough to have him again. As you might have guessed, I don’t like this concept. See, the thing about fantasy sports drafts, and drafts in general, is that they rely mostly on luck followed by skill. Each team has to get lucky to pick where they do, then make the correct picks with what they get. Having holdover players ruins all that, since a fantasy owner can get lucky once and rely on that continued, manufactured “luck” for the next several years, rather than actually needing to make smart, informed decisions every year in order to stay competitive. If you ask me, that’s not how fantasy sports should work. That said, I had Kevin Durant and Rajon Rondo in my own personal fantasy league last season, and you can be darn sure I’m going to do my best to keep ’em.

By Mike Herold Fantasy Guy

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I May Be Wrong, But...

Here’s what I would do in my Fantasy Basketball Draft... First Round: I’m going to give you new information here. No, trust me, this is ground-breaking stuff: LeBron James and Kevin Durant should be the first two picks in the draft, in that order. Crazy, but it might work. Chris Paul, Paul George, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard should also be opening round picks.

The Big Risks: There are always some players who might be phenomenal, and also might not play at all. Kobe Bryant leads this group this season, with Derrick Rose and Andrew Bynum as the other big names in this group (no matter how fully recovered each claims to be). Make a judgement call with players like these, but I don’t take any before round five.

Second Round Steals: A few teams made some moves this season with the obvious desire to be significantly worse this season. As a result, players like Rajon Rondo and Al Horford have all of a sudden become good players on bad teams. Can anyone say inflated numbers from already stellar fantasy athletes? Don’t forget Al Jefferson or Kevin Love either. They’re in a similar boat. Later Round Sure Things: Once all the big names are off the draft board, go for the players who put up consistent numbers, whether they are on good teams or not. Anderson Varejao, Jrue Holiday, Greivous Vazquez, David Lee, Greg Monroe and LaMarcus Aldridge are the first players I thought of here.

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Past Football Openers 2012: L 24-20 (Ursinus College) 2011: W 24-6 (William Patterson University) 2010: L 7-15 (William Patterson University) 2009: W 47-31 (Buffalo State College) 2008: L 41-42 (FDU-Florham) 2007: L 0-15 (Muhlenberg College)

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Number of Games Won Per Season Women’s Soccer 2006 Team total: 204 Alex Spark 53

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Jillian Nealon 35


Jen Garavente 34


Lauren Pigott 23


Erin Waller 20

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THE WEEK Kevin Shaw Soccer

Scored three goals in first two games

Senior midfielder Kevin Shaw had a stellar week after scoring two goals in the season opener against John Jay College. Shaw then followed up that performance the next day by scoring the lone goal against Rhode Island College. Shaw is coming off an impressive 2012 campaign where he led the Lions with nine goals and 21 points.

This week’s picks from the staff Point

(NCAAF) Michigan (MLB) Reds vs. (NFL) Broncos (WCQ) U.S. vs. leaders vs. Notre Dame. vs. Ravens Costa Rica Cardinals

Julie Kayzerman 1

Mike Herold D1


The Horizon For

Sports Men’s Soccer Rowan Invitational Tournament September 6 vs. Gwynedd-Mercy College, 6 p.m. September 7 vs. Farmingdale State College, 6 p.m. Women’s Soccer Stevenson Tournament September 7 vs. Stevenson University, 1 p.m. September 8 vs. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 3 p.m. Football September 6 @ Ursinus College, 7 p.m.

September 7 TCNJ Doubles Tournament, 11 a.m. Field Hockey

Peter Fiorilla 0

September 7 FDU-Florham, 1 p.m. September 10 Cabrini College, 7:30 p.m.

Amy Reynolds 0 Chris Molicki 0


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Men’s Tennis

Andrew Grossman 1 Mike Herold 1


Kendal Borup 11 25 Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk Lauren Karpovich 9

With the Baltimore Ravens looking to defend their Super Bowl title, who was the last NFL team to win consecutive Super Bowls?

Last week’s Signal Trivia Answer: Andy Roddick was the last American male to win the U.S. Open Championship. Despite winning at 21 years old, it was his first and only Grand Slam title. He defeated Spaniard Juan Carlos Fererro 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in 2003. Roddick recently announced his retirement earlier this year. AP Photos



Fresh faces to determine football season

Overhaul offers opportunity for improvement By Chris Molicki News Editor

To say there will be changes to the Lions’ football team this year would be an understatement. The team has replaced its head coach, starting quarterback, running back and other key seniors as it looks to put together a winning season. The biggest change, of course, has come from the top, after head coach Eric Hamilton stepped down in July after 37 years of coaching the Lions. He is being replaced by interim head coach Wayne Dickens, who most recently spent four years as the head coach of Kentucky State University. He has also coached at all levels of college football and the Canadian Football League. After finishing 4-6 overall last season and 3-5 in the NJAC, the Lions hope that new additions will lead to more victories. With the graduation of quarterback Dan Dugan, Dickers has yet to decide who will take over at the center of the offense, with sophomores Chris Spellman and Sam Paladino as the best candidates. “Spellman and Paladino are both doing a great job on taking on a leadership role of the offense and doing what is asked,” senior wide receiver Fred Sprengel said. “So whoever takes over should do great.” The Lions also lost last season’s top

rusher, Justin Doniloski, so sophomore running back Victor Scalici and junior running back Brad Young will form a two-headed monster on the ground. Scalici totaled 309 yards and three scores last season, and he’s looking to break out big time for the College. “Between Victor, Brad and (the) other backs, our offense can be exciting this season,” Sprengel said. “If Vic runs strong like last season, no doubt in my mind it could be a break-out year.” Aside from Sprengel, the main receiving targets last season — Glenn Grainger and Matt Rosati — are gone. Now, the downfield arsenal will feature senior wide receiver Kevin Barry and senior tight end Ryan Baranowsky. The talent and veteran leadership from the trio hope to build on what was a potent offense last season. “We will be successful this season through the air with help through our run game,” Sprengel said. “If we establish a solid running game, we will be able to open up the defense with a good passing game.” On the other side of the ball, stud senior linebacker Nick Bricker returns to anchor the team’s defense. Bricker was second on the team in tackles last season with 97 and has earned NJAC First Team honors the past two seasons, as well as being a Third Team All-American by Despite the loss of leading tackler Greg

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The Lions look to Victor Scalici to help replace Justin Doniloski.

Burns, Bricker is confident the defense will be rock solid. “I am definitely excited for the upcoming season,” Bricker said. “Our defense is looking solid. We have some great returners and very talented new guys that will make for a dynamic defense.” Senior linebacker Sean Clark and senior defensive back Matt Chierici return as key pieces to the defense. The duo had five combined interceptions last year, giving the Lions huge plays and momentum shifts throughout games. The team will be looking to make a priority on forcing turnovers. With a favorable schedule, a scrimmage

under their belts and a fresh start, these Lions are ready to roll. Captains Sprengel, Bricker, senior defensive lineman Patrick Kimball and senior offensive lineman Chris McLaughlin have been leading the team in the preseason and have everyone working their hardest for the upcoming season. “Our offense seems to be clicking and, as for our defense, the experienced players have improved from last year and the new guys are getting better every day,” Bricker said. “Overall, I have confidence in our team and am looking forward to a successful year and working hard toward an NJAC championship.”

TCNJ Classic sees Lions in vintage form Women’s soccer perfect in home tournament By Chrissy Onorato Staff Writer

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Junior forward Korrie Hawkins registers four shots.

Lions’ Lineup September 4, 2013

I n s i d e

It was like the women’s soccer team never had a few months off at all. The first week of games for the Lions showed that these players are versatile and can jump right back into the new season, almost as if they were in mid-season form. The non-confernce season began last Friday and Saturday with the TCNJ Classic, in which the College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Stevens Institute of Technology and William Smith College faced off against each other in an endof-the-summer tournament. Leaving nothing on the sidelines, the Lions came roaring out from the beginning and won both of their games in the Classic. In the first game, the Lions took on William Smith College in game with true Lions’ style. Junior forward Leigh Applestein

scored first for the Lions in the opening minutes on the game. Junior defender Jordan Downs was back for the Lions this year and assisted Applestein’s goal, the first of the year. The Herons then scored shortly after, making the score 1-1, which stayed consistent until the very end of the game. With 12:17 left in the game, senior forward Katie Lindacher sent the ball soaring past the Herons’ diving goalkeeper and into the net, giving the Lions a lead they would keep until the final whistle. Senior goalkeeper Kendra Griffith helped the College hold on for the win, notching four saves in the first game of her fourth season with the team. In the second game of the tournament, the Lions seemed even more determined. Their unlucky opponent was Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who put up a good fight but not one strong

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The Lions concede just once at this year’s TCNJ Classic.

enough to match the Lions. The new players on the team showed what they were worth in this game, as freshman forward Christine Levering led the way with two goals for the Lions — half of their total offensive production for the week. see LIONS page 27

46 53 Around the Dorm page 25

Women’s tennis at 149-0 page 27

Men’s soccer splits pair page 23

Cross Country impresses page 23