The Signal: Fall ‘17 No. 3

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September 13, 2017

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Urgent Care opens By Michelle Lampariello News Editor With tunes from 94.5 WPST setting an energizing mood, a small crowd gathered in front of Campus Town’s InFocus Urgent Care to celebrate the business’ grand opening. “I’m very happy to be here to serve not only the faculty, staff and the community at TCNJ but the surrounding community as well,” said Dr. Seeta Arjun, the head doctor and owner of InFocus Urgent Care. The Urgent Care will be staffed by board-certified emergency room doctors, in addition to technicians and registered nurses. InFocus will be able to care for any non-life threatening ailment, as well as do onsite x-ray and EKG diagnostic tests and give limited IV medications. No appointments are necessary, and the facility will be open seven days a week to treat patients of any age. “It’s just another step for Campus Town to become more successful,” said Ewing Mayor Bert Steinmann. “It’s very helpful for students who are in a situation where it’s hard to get to their family doctor while see DOCTORS page 3

Students fight sexual violence at Slutwalk

Students shed light on sexual harassment and abuse. By Alyssa Louis Correspondent

A revealing dress does not give consent. A woman walking down the street is not giving an invitation to be harassed. Going to a party does not imply that she is “asking for it.” These misconceptions are not

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excuses for sexual assault, according to Slutwalk participants dressed in everything from form-fitting dresses and skirts to jeans and T-shirts, accurately depicting potential victims of sexual assault — everyone. Students marched through campus on Tuesday, Sept. 5, to shed light on the growing stigma of sexual harassment and abuse

in the fifth annual Slutwalk, hosted by the Women in Learning and Leadership. Slutwalk carried “more intensity” than previous years, according to Rosie Driscoll, a WILL member executive chair and a senior history and women’s, gender and sexuality studies double major. Driscoll noted the students have grown louder each year as they proudly chant while marching through campus. The event’s guest speaker Emily May, the cofounder of Hollaback and a feminist, delivered an honest reminder of the world women live in. “Guys live in a different city,” May said, in regard to the differences between the fears of men and women. While a woman is afraid to walk alone at night and always has her guard up, a man may not have to be as cautious, according to May. As the co-founder of Hollaback — an online community for victims of sexual abuse which allows them to share their experiences and work through conflicts — May has devoted her life to providing an egress from harassment, rape and other traumas. “I pretended it didn’t happen, but the real story is that it shook me to my core,” May said, as she recounted her struggles with street harassment. Those in attendance convened in the basement of the Business Building. May see ASSAULT page 14

Diet Cig ignites new CUB Alt season

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The pop punk duo’s strong stage presence keeps the crowd engaged.

By Thomas Infante Managing Editor

The first show of the fall 2017 CUB Alt season, which took place the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 5, had the Brower Student Center pulsating with raw rock music and good vibes. Headlining band Diet Cig, a pop punk duo composed of singer/


guitarist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman, had the crowd going wild with their loud, catchy songs and their enthralling stage presence. Opening bands Coping Skills and Ratboys set the tone and amped up the crowd with their emo/ punk blend of rock. First up was Coping Skills, an indie rock band fronted by

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Rachel Dispenza and Lauren DeLucca. DeLucca plucked at a black Fender bass adorned with stickers while Dispenza hammered away power chords on her white Telecaster. Vocals were shared by the two, screaming and singing some angsty and outlandish lyrics like “my body is a temple, but I treat it like my neighbor’s house.” Opinions / page 8

The band’s song “Dropped Out of College” was ironically the most well received by the audience, who bounced to the upbeat music and sang along with the simple and catchy lyrics. The band’s cheerful attitude and casual stage banter put the crowd in a great mood, with DeLucca describing the show as “a dank ass gig.” Next up was Ratboys, an indie/alternative rock band from Chicago. The 5-piece band has a more mellow and dreamy vibe than the name suggests, mostly due to lead singer Julia Steiner’s soft and airy vocals. In addition to the guitars, bass and drums, Ratboys also features a trumpet player who helps to further distinguish their sound. Most of the band’s material was from their 2017 album titled “GN,” including the song “Dangerous Visions,” which Steiner described as “the trippiest song ever written… by me.” Steiner then introduced Diet Cig, who are touring together until Sept. 17. The band opened with their song “Sixteen,” an upbeat see CONCERT page 12

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College library offers new digital services By Michelle Lampariello News Editor The Library announced on Thursday, Sept. 7, that it will now offer two new online services to students and community members: TCNJ Scholars, a collection of scholarly materials produced by College students and faculty, and TCNJ Digital Archive, a growing collection of digitized materials from the library’s Archives and Special Collections. TCNJ Scholars “provides a central site to collect, manage, and preserve” the works of College students and faculty “and facilitates access to them by a wide audience, including potential students and faculty, college partners and funding agencies, and other academic colleagues,” according to a campus-wide email from Taras Pavlovsky, the dean of the library. The goal of digitizing the College’s scholarly work and archived publications is to preserve and raise awareness for works that may have otherwise been forgotten over time. “With TCNJ Scholars, our hope is that TCNJ students and faculty are given a new online venue to store and highlight their academic output and to see ARCHIVES page 3

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IMM Showcase Faculty art is displayed for students to view

Involvement Fair Campus organizations seek new members

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Students drink their way through first week of classes By Brielle Bryan Opinions Editor

Underage drinking results in a court date On Friday, Sept. 1, at approximately 10:40 p.m., three Campus Police officers were dispatched to a men’s restroom in Travers Hall on reports of an intoxicated male. Upon arrival, the officers met with two community advisors. One of the CAs stated that he witnessed a male resident go into the restroom and vomit, according to police reports. Campus Police met with the male resident who admitted to consuming multiple shots of vodka and three beers in one of the rooms in Travers Hall, police said. TCNJ EMS arrived on scene to assess the male resident and concluded that he did not need any further medical attention. Pro-staff was contacted and arrived on scene. While one of the officers was writing a summons for the male resident, the two other officers at the scene knocked on the door of another room in Travers Hall, police said. There were four females in the room, two of which were juveniles. According to police reports, three of the four students admitted to consuming alcoholic beverages, beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. Only one of the four females didn’t consume alcohol. The females forfeited one bottle of Svedka Blue Raspberry Vodka and a 3-liter box of Bota Moscato wine, police said. TCNJ EMS was already on scene due to assessing the male resident, and they assessed the three females that were also drinking. One of the females that was drinking was medically cleared by TCNJ EMS and refused further medical treatment, police said. She was issued a summons for underage drinking and given a court date. Due to policy, the two juveniles who were caught drinking had to be transported to the hospital. Jungle juice wipes birthday from memory On Saturday, Sept. 2, at approximately 12:10 a.m., two Campus Police officers were dispatched to Travers and Wolfe Hall in reference to a 911 call with an unknown location. Upon arrival, Campus Police checked the elevators in Travers and Wolfe Hall in an attempt to locate the 911 caller, police said. There was no one in the elevators who appeared to be in distress. College Dispatch advised that he had the name of the caller

and that the caller resided in Wolfe Hall, according to police reports. Campus Police went to Wolfe Hall and located a male who appeared to be highly intoxicated. When Campus Police asked the intoxicated male the current date, as well as his day of birth, he could not remember and therefore could not give them an answer, police said. The intoxicated student told one of the officers that he consumed two cups of jungle juice and that he was at a party at an unknown location when he consumed the alcoholic beverages, Campus Police said. TCNJ EMS arrived on scene to evaluate the intoxicated male. TCNJ EMS advised that the intoxicated male had to go to the hospital, police said. Ewing Township BLS arrived on scene. The intoxicated male student was evaluated by Ewing Township BLS and transported to the hospital. He was issued a municipal summons prior to being transported to the hospital. Student receives amnesty after drinking On Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 12:28 a.m., two Campus Police officers were dispatched to Campus Town on a report of an intoxicated female. Upon arrival, the officers met with a female student who was sitting on a couch, conscious but not alert. The female student showed several signs of intoxication, including slurred speech, loss of balance and disorientation, Campus Police said. One of the officers asked if the female student was OK, and how much alcohol she had to drink. According to police reports, the female student replied that she was OK and that she had two jungle juice drinks. The officer asked where she was drinking and the student said she was drinking at a fraternity house. According to two other Campus Town residents, the female student was dropped off by a mutual friend to their apartment. Due to the female student’s intoxicated state, the two Campus Town residents felt that they needed to call Campus Police for safety reasons, police said. At 12:50 a.m., Ewing Township EMS arrived on scene. At 1:03 a.m., Ewing Township EMS transported the intoxicated student to the hospital for further medical treatment, Campus Police said. Pro-staff was advised of the situation and the female student was not issued a consumption of alcoholic beverages citation because her two friends sought out medical attention for

her. Therefore, the female student was given amnesty due to the New Jersey Lifeline Legislation.

Intoxicated student in Wolfe Hall receives summons On Friday, Sept. 1, at 11:35 p.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to Wolfe Hall due to reports of an intoxicated female. Pro-staff advised a Campus Police officer when he arrived on scene that they observed the intoxicated female throwing up. At this time, the officer attempted to speak to the female student to see how much she had to drink, police said. The intoxicated student informed the officer she had eight shots of vodka at an off-campus party. The officer observed a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from her breath, Campus Police said. TCNJ EMS arrived and treated the intoxicated student. Pro-staff was advised of the incident, police said. TCNJ EMS and Pro-staff allowed the female student to stay in her room and to be looked after by her roommate. According to police reports, the female student was issued a summons for possession or consumption of alcoholic beverage in a public place or motor vehicle by person under legal age. Sorority party prompts EMS arrival On Saturday, Sept. 2, at approximately 2:30 a.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to New Residence Hall on reports of an intoxicated female. Upon arrival, the officer met with a community advisor and the student manager of residential operations, police said. The SMRO stated that a male student knocked on her door to report that his girlfriend was intoxicated in her dorm room. The officer met with the intoxicated female who admitted to drinking about four shots of vodka at a sorority party, Campus Police said. TCNJ EMS arrived on scene to assess the patient and determined that she did not need to go to the hospital. According to police reports, the intoxicated female declined any further medical treatment. Due to the New Jersey Lifeline Legislation, no summons was issued. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345.

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maximize exposure of their content to a wider local, national, global audience,” said Yuji Tosaka, the College’s cataloging and metadata librarian. “TCNJ as a brand will be promoted more; both prospective students and faculty at other institutions will be awed by the scholarly work being done at the College.” While the TCNJ Digital Archive is still growing, as only a small portion of archived material is currently available, it is nonetheless a helpful research tool. “Only a small subset of these materials is currently available online, but more is being added daily,” Pavlovsky wrote. Presently, the largest collection available through the Digital Archive is The Signal Archive Online, which will

include issues of The Signal that date back to its original publication in 1885. “In the future, the Digital Archive will provide access to a variety archival material including, but not limited to, historical photographs, college annual reports, course catalogs and a variety of other materials. Priority for future projects will be determined by user need and current ease of access to the material. As the archive grows, a greater number of users will be able to access archival material while limiting the wear and tear on delicate aging material,” explained Amanda Cowell, the College’s emerging technologies librarian. The College is not the first institution to create digital repositories for scholarly work. “It should be noted that by setting up TCNJ Scholars, TCNJ is joining most of its

Additional materials are added to the Digital Archive daily. comparator institutions, which also have already created similar digital repositories

for academic works produced by their faculty and students,” Tosaka said.

Doctors / InFocus Urgent Care to provide mental and physical healthcare

Mayor Steinmann cuts the ribbon to celebrate the Urgent Care’s opening.

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they’re at school.” InFocus Urgent Care is not only a convenient wellness resource for students. Community members will also enjoy

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the benefits of the Urgent Care’s wide array of services and acceptance of most insurances. “As much as our retailers are for the public and the students, this is a great intersection,” said Greg Lentine, director of university campus development for the

Campus Town developer, PRC. In addition to the main Urgent Care facility, Cavi, the mental health counseling portion of the Urgent Care, will soon be open in close proximity to the InFocus building. Arjun hopes that the discreet name will make students and community members feel more comfortable using the counseling center. “We wanted to make it sort of anonymous, so that if you need counseling, you’re not walking into a building that says ‘Urgent Care’ on it,” Arjun said. InFocus Urgent Care’s original location is in West Windsor, New Jersey. Arjun credits her mother for serving as a source of motivation when deciding to expand the business to include a location in Campus Town. “She’s kind of been the driving force for me to continue on my path,” Arjun said about her mother. While having new businesses come to Campus Town is beneficial to both students and community members, those present at the grand opening were optimistic that the Urgent Care will be particularly valuable. “The building is gorgeous. … It is phenomenal,” said Mercer County Freeholder Samuel T. Frisby. “But hospitals and buildings don’t save people. It’s people who save people. And (Arjun) is a phenomenal physician.” New businesses that have recently come to Campus Town, including InFocus Urgent Care, have made Campus Town 85 percent leased. PostNet is now open, and HairWorx, Polished Nails, Namaste Fine Indian Cuisine and Bell Eyes are scheduled to be open shortly. “One small business at a time makes this successful,” Steinmann said. “We’re very appreciative of (Arjun) being here. I hope (Arjun has) a long and prosperous time here in Ewing Township.”

SG holds first meeting of semester, outlines responsibilities for year By Emmy Liederman Correspondent Student Government held its first general assembly meeting of the semester on Wednesday, Sept. 6, where it welcomed new members, discussed resolutions and presented governance reports. Executive President Chris Blakeley, a junior civil engineering major, and the rest of the cabinet members introduced themselves and outlined their specific responsibilities for the year. Perhaps the most significant is Blakely and Student Trustee and senior history deaf education double major Priscilla Nunez’s role on the Presidential Search Committee to replace College President R. Barbara Gitenstein in time for the fall 2018 semester. Resolutions discussed included welcoming Don Trahan Jr. as the new director of Student Diversity and Inclusion and outlined the College’s official support of the New Jersey Assembly Bill for a student gross income tax credit. The credit ensures that full-time students at

the College will receive $500 off their income taxes, while part-time students will receive $250. The governance reports opened with a discussion of this year’s freshman summer reading, “No Apparent Distress” by Rachel Pearson, from the Cultural and Intellectual Community Program Council. Pearson will be visiting campus on Friday, Sept. 22, to discuss her book. “This year’s book was very well-received and there was a 98 percent response rate on the essays,” said Justin Lewbel, a history major and sophomore class council member. The Diversity Committee council discussed an initiative to increase the number of college-ready students from Trenton and Ewing public schools and the idea of the College’s liberal learning requirements working more cohesively with a student’s major. The Dining Services Governance initiated a conversation about the lack of options for

Student representatives discuss issues with campus dining. people of varying dietary needs. “If you’re a vegan and eating at (Eickhoff Hall), you can either eat a salad for the rest of your life or go screw yourself,” said Justine Wilson, a senator for the School of Science and a junior biology major.

There was also an uproar about the changes made to the Traditions menu this year, such as the lack of meal equiv on Sundays and fewer food options for the to-go window. SG already has a full calendar of events that include local volunteer work, Hurricane Harvey and

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Irma relief efforts and a voter registration drive. “Our goal for this year is to make sure the campus is represented by the student government and that the students are comfortable coming to us with any of their needs,” Blakeley said.

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SFB funds events at first meeting of semester

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Left: Board members vote to partially fund various on-campus events. Right: SFB holds its first weekly meeting of the semester. By Eric Preisler Production Manager The Student Finance Board met for its first weekly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 6, and voted to partially fund two events for the fall semester. SFB decided to partially fund TCNJ Musical Theatre’s fall production of “Sweeney Todd,” which will take place from Tuesday, Nov. 14, to Saturday, Nov. 18. TMT received $14,279.50 from SFB for sound, set, lighting, costumes, props, hair and makeup, stage management, programs, Kendall staff charges and rental instruments, and accompanist costs. “We have a very talented membership, and we are lucky to have a strong cast of actors for ‘Sweeney Todd’ since so many incredible people auditioned,” said Cat Janis, a senior psychology and women’s, gender and sexuality studies double major and TMT’s president. ‘Sweeney Todd’ is a musical thriller, and (composer Stephen) Sondheim’s music combined with the unique vision of this specific production is sure to delight the audience. I’m excited for us to put on a bit

of a darker show, and to showcase a different style of music and storytelling than we’ve done in recent years.” While “Sweeney Todd” is a different style than TMT is used to performing, the club is excited to meet the challenge of a darker production. “I think the cast and production staff is going to tackle ‘Sweeney Todd’ in such a way that brings out our problem solving skills and will really develop ourselves as creatives and create an impressive experience for our audience,” said Kelly Ganning, a junior graphic design major and TMT’s publicist. The Muslim Student Association was funded $10,923.76 for its 12th annual Eid Dinner, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Decker Social Space. The budget will cover the costs of food, speaker fees, utilities, wristbands, a backdrop and accommodations for a guest speaker. The Eid-al-Adha holiday celebrates the sacrifice Abraham made for God, and marks the end of Haj, a pilgrimage to Mecca.

“With this event, we hope to educate the TCNJ community of a religion that is usually falsely cast with negative connotation. We hope to come together as a campus and stand united against prejudices with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and diverse cuisine,” MSA explained in its proposal. The Eid-al-Adha holiday celebration will highlight the College’s diversity and educate people about Islamic traditions. “It’s important to celebrate the diversity we have at TCNJ. A lot of people might not know too much about Eid or Islam in general so it’s nice to have an event that not only celebrates one of our most important religious holidays, but also informs people while having a good time,” said Roshaan Iqbal, MSA Treasurer and a junior biology major. “We can’t say too much about the guest speaker because contracts aren’t signed, but she is a well-known journalist and activist.” Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.

Study abroad fair attracts College students

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Financial concerns are common for interested students.

By Judith Patrick Correspondent

Students surveyed opportunities to study in a foreign country at the College’s Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 6. The fair, sponsored by the College’s Center for Global Engagement, was scheduled to take place in Alumni Grove, but was moved to the Social Sciences Building due to rain. The Social Sciences Atrium was filled to the brink with tables and representatives from a range of study abroad programs, including the Washington Center, the Foundation for International

Education, the Institute for Study Abroad, and the Council on International Educational Exchange. Studying abroad is “about finding the right fit with the goals of each student,” said Derek Craker, a representative from International Studies Abroad, which offers multiple programs for college students. Craker, like the rest of the representatives at the Fair, was more than ready to explain any part of the process to clear up students’ confusion and offer as much help as possible. When asked by one hesitant student which study abroad time frame is the best “bang for your

buck,” Craker explained that there are a variety of time frame options fit for every student. “There are an array of time options,” Craker said. “There’s year-long, semester-long, summer study abroad, winter study abroad, and the January-term for the more intensive-short-term program.” Craker’s enthusiasm for studying abroad stems from his own experiences in college. “I’m biased because when I studied abroad, I went for a semester,” he said. “I would recommend a semester. But I’ve talked to people who went for shorter than that and from what I’ve heard from them, it seems like they got just as much from a few weeks as another would get from a full semester term.” Financial worries are most common concern for students considering studying abroad options. Craker was able to give some tips on how best to start the search with financial limitations in mind. “Talking to the financial aid office, or essentially, talking to the study abroad office is really going to answer all of (your financial questions) for you,” Craker said, also noting that some study abroad programs offer scholarships. When it comes to worries regarding classes, schedules, and graduating on time, Craker suggests that students talk to their advisors to find the best fit for them. Student representatives from the College’s faculty led trip to

Harlaxton, England this past summer reiterated that same ideal — don’t let the money barrier stop you from studying abroad. Faculty advisor Michele Tarter explained how studying abroad gives students a chance to grow both academically and personally. “I think study abroad is a critical component of a liberal arts education. It raises students’ global consciousness, immerses them in different cultures, and ultimately makes them engaged citizens of the international community,” Tarter said. “It is, in my opinion, the richest experiential education a student can have. It changed my life, when I was a college student, and I am now

committed to sharing this lifechanging opportunity with my students at TCNJ.” The table of students also fondly reflected on the experiences they had over the three weeks they spent traveling to five different countries, getting academic credit for their time spent away and meeting strangers that would become lifelong friends. Representatives from a variety of tables offered similar advice — the expense shouldn’t stop you from studying abroad and be open to going anywhere. At the end of the day, if a student truly wishes to study abroad, then they can find a way to make it a reality.

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Studying abroad helps students grow.

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Los Angeles extinguishes 7,000-acre wildfire By Mallory McBride Correspondent

A 7,000-acre wildfire swept across parts of La Tuna Canyon in Los Angeles over the Labor Day weekend, according to CNN. According to the Los Angeles Times, the fire began on Friday, Sept. 1, as Los Angeles experienced an excruciating heat wave. As a result, the Los Angeles Times reported that hundreds were forced to evacuate the areas of Glendale and Burbank. According to BBC, the mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti declared a local state of emergency on Saturday, Sept. 2, which was followed by an additional emergency order from Gov. Jerry Brown of California. Interstate 210, a major Los Angeles highway, was partially closed on Sept. 1 as a result of the blaze, according to CNN. The Los Angeles Times reported that the highway was reopened after three days.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Mayor Garcetti “described the fire as the biggest in the history of the city in terms of sheer acreage.” As of Sept. 4, there was “no active fire left.” However, Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas warned that the winds “could easily rekindle the La Tuna fire that burned 7,000 acres,” according to CNN. Four days after the blaze began, Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott said, “We hit this hard, we hit it fast and we’ve done everything we can, and we’re proud to say out of those nearly 1,400 homes, only five have been destroyed and we’ve been able to jump from 30 percent to 70 percent containment.” As of Sunday, Sept. 3, all mandatory and voluntary fire evacuations were lifted, according to CNN. CNN reported that eight people suffered non-life-threatening injuries as a result of

the fire, according to fire officials. As Tropical Storm Lidia moved through Los Angeles on Sept. 3, some relief was brought to the area, according to the Los Angeles Times. Climatologist Bill Patzert from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory ascribed “the moisture that damped down the fire” as a gift from Lidia.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Patzert said September is “the heat wave month,” so there is still a risk that other fires can start. According to CNN, Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said that “as long as the weather continues to cooperate, [he] is very confident and convinced [Los Angeles] will be fine.”

California firefighters survey the wildfire.

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South Asia reels from worst flooding in decades

By Jahnvi Upreti Staff Writer

The death toll of individuals across Nepal, Bangladesh and India continue to rise over 1,200 as the region faces its worst flooding in decades, The Independent reported. Though the region is accustomed to heavy rainfall in Aug., the annual monsoon season in South Asia this summer was worse than

expected with massive landslides and floods that decimated the area, according to The Independent. In addition, severe storms contributed to the massive rainfall, according to CNN. It was a consequence that couldn’t have been predicted ahead of time, Ram Krishna Subedi, a Nepal Home Ministry spokesman, told CNN. The floods resulted in widespread losses of life, crops,

Villagers in India use rafts to navigate floodwaters.

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livestock and homes, consequently leading to long term unstable housing and economic situations for millions across the three countries, according to The Independent. “The loss of livestock is heartbreaking enough … but the morning after a flood, there is no clean water to drink. Mobile services and transport shut down. In some parts of Assam, (India), floodwaters don’t recede for as many as two months,” Rajdeep Bora, a 29-year-old farmer from Northeast India, told NPR. U.N. agencies are rushing to the affected regions to try and rescue as many as possible, and have established about 2,000 relief camps so far, according to NPR. Rescue agencies are having great difficulty accessing dry land in rural areas in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. “Entire communities have been cut off,” said Jagan Chapagain, the under secretary-general for programs and operations for the

International Federation of Red Cross, according to CNN. “The only way to get aid to some of these villages is by boat and many are running out of food. The situation is going from bad to worse.” NPR reported that Nepal, India, and Bangladesh will be facing long term food insecurity, meaning millions of individuals will have little to no access to sustainable and healthy foods, according to the United Nation’s Long Term Food Program. The floods have been receiving little to no attention or support from the United States, where inhabitants are still reeling from Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma. Jono Anzalone, the vice president of international services for the American Red Cross, distinguished between the natural disasters: “If you compare the shelter conditions in Bangladesh to Texas, as dire as the condition may seem in Texas, typically, we would at least have safe structures on safe ground — not in flood plains,” according to NPR.

Anzalone further compared the disaster response systems. “When people look at the U.S. response system, we have a very mature federal disaster response system,” he said. “You don’t see that in Nepal, Bangladesh or India. In Nepal and Bangladesh, the government simply doesn’t have the resources.” The Scottish government has donated £300,000, equating to almost $400,000, from their Humanitarian Emergency Fund towards South Asian relief efforts, according to the Sunday Post. At a panel in Scotland following the announcement of this relief aid, Angus Nelson of Oxfam Scotland said to the Sunday Post, “Given the enormous level of need created by the widespread flooding, it is essential for rich countries like Scotland to show leadership by supporting the humanitarian response.” The devastation caused by the severe floods in South Asia will impact the struggle of governments and individuals to stabilize before next year’s impending annual monsoon.

Frankfurt population successfully evacuates for WWII bomb defusing By Julia Marnin Staff Writer

The city of Frankfurt, Germany, was forced to evacuate 60,000 residents as experts worked to defuse an unexploded World War II bomb on Sept. 3, according to The New York Times. It took more than a thousand workers to help clear the area around the bomb site, according to Reuters. The New York Times reported that the deadly weapon weighed roughly 4,000 pounds, requiring nearby civilians to evacuate at least a mile around the area. The bomb was discovered by construction workers in a site residing near Goethe University in Frankfurt. As a potential blast from the past, the weapon was dropped by the British Royal Air Force on Nazi Germany towards the end of the war, according to The New York Times. The bomb is known as a “blockbuster,” named after its deadly capacities. German authorities believe the bomb’s shockwaves would have caused substantial damage to the Western part of Frankfurt, according to ABC. The city’s hospitals and retirement homes were made top priority during the evacuation as they left Frankfurt a day before the rest of the city, according to The New York Times. The Times also reported that this was the largest evacuation in Germany since its post-war years. However,

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Bomb disposers sit near the 1.8-ton explosive.

Frankfurt was highly prepared for a successful evacuation. “There was no worry, no rush, no kind of fright. Folks were being attentive to the demands and what they had to do,” said Antonio J. Garcia, who works in one of Frankfurt’s financial firms, according to The New York Times. ABC reported that multiple ambulances were available to pick up residents who were unable to leave themselves. Thousands of civilians with nowhere to evacuate were able to dwell in Frankfurt’s trade-fair complex, Messe,

according to The New York Times. Other areas for displaced persons included Frankfurt’s Jahrhunderthalle convention center as well as a few museums. The German Architecture museum was visited by roughly 250 displaced persons. The New York Times also reported that the German Architecture museum’s director, Peter Cachola Schmal, spoke of the unusual sight of citizens settling down for long durations with laptops or newspapers to occupy themselves as technicians worked to disable the weapon. The defusing of the bomb was delayed because some residents refused to evacuate the area despite warnings issued by fire chiefs, according to Reuters. Those who did not cooperate were taken into police custody. German work schedules were not affected on Monday, as bomb experts were able to finish the job after working all day on Sept. 3, according to Reuters. To make sure the area was clear, police checked the streets surrounding the bomb site, according to the Times. A helicopter with a camera was also used for extra assurance which could detect people through heat sensitivity. Evacuations due to newly discovered bombs from World War II are not an unusual occurrence in Germany. The New York Times reported that 15 percent of bombs that were dropped on the country during World War II did not explode. Seventy years later, roughly 2,000 tons of weapons from the war are found annually.

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The College offers many study spots

As someone who has occupied the College’s campus for quite some time, I can comfortably say that I’ve come across some of the school’s best study spots. When the third floor of the library gets too crowded, and your bedroom “study sessions” all turn into naps, below are some better spots to start hitting the books. Before the weather gets unbearably cold, bring your books to a bench by the lake. We’ve got two of them so you can take your pick. The calm blue water and the rustling leaves make your 10-page paper a little less intimidating. There also won’t be anyone close enough to bother you with their loud chewing, paper crumpling or incessant whispering. If you’re not the outdoorsy type, the fourth floor of the library, right in front of the circular window, has been dubbed both the best study spot and one of the best views of campus. You don’t realize how high up the fourth floor of the library is until you look down and see how far away you are from the rest of campus. This is also a good spot if you’re someone who likes total silence while you’re studying. The third floor of the library can get a little crowded, but the fourth floor –– especially in the morning –– is a much quieter place to get some work done. The fourth floor library, however, is a rather popular study space in general. If you’re someone who likes to study alone, but you’re too easily distracted in your bedroom, a good place to try is the Social Sciences Building atrium. While it can get a little crowded during the week, especially in between classes, I’ve found the prime time to grab a table or nestle up on the couch –– Saturday and Sunday mornings. Once in awhile a few students will shuffle past, but for the most part SSB is yours for the weekend. While most students aren’t eager to hit the books every morning on the weekends, if you’re serious about getting work done, this is the place to be. For some people, too much quiet is a little unnerving. If you like background noise, but don’t want to be sitting with headphones in your ears all day, the Barnes and Noble bookstore is a good place to do some light studying. Their hours are pretty great –– 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. during the week, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. If you like getting up early, or if you’d rather start studying after dinner, the bookstore’s hours are likely to accommodate. The cafe-like atmosphere will also put you in a productive mood, that is, if you like the smell of coffee and listening to acoustic radio. The best part though, is that if you hang around there long enough typing diligently away at your computer, you’ll likely be approached by Starbucks employees handing out free samples of coffee, hot chocolate and various other yummy treats that also incentivise you to stick around and get your work done. Whether you like studying inside or out, in a quiet space or loud, the College has a lot of nooks and crannies tucked away on campus that have already become, or are waiting to be, turned into great study spots. I wish you luck in finding the best spot and getting the most studying done. — Elizabeth Zakaim Arts & Entertainment Editor

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— Samuel T. Frisby, Mercer County freeholder

“Growing up I was always having my art questioned and judged by people who didn’t like it. Don’t let those people get to you, remember that your art matters,” — Alex Luciano, lead singer of Diet Cig

“The way we’re incorporating technology in art today and the convergence of all the different mediums coming together, I think it’s very representative of the 21st century and global identity,”

— Marchelo Vera, art professor

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First impressions don’t define people By Breeda Bennett-Jones

Millions of recent high school graduates have, within the past month, packed their bags, said their goodbyes to their parents and have entered a world of its own — college. I’ve heard stories from my friends and family about what to expect when starting this new chapter of my life, but I could never have imagined how it would truly feel to call a place where I’m surrounded by peers that I know little about my “home.” I’ve witnessed a few unusual behaviors in my first couple weeks as a college student, such as washing dishes in the communal bathroom sink or wearing flip flops in the shower. However, what really stood out to me and caught my attention the most is the ungodly amount of times I had to introduce myself to my new peers by smiling, shaking their hand and asking “Where are you from?” and “What’s your major?” There is nothing as charming as a smile or as timeless as a handshake. Asking people to divulge their basic qualifications is a simple, sincere way of finding common ground. However, after going through the same motions with 49 other students on my floor, I’ve become anxious and self-conscious. Different thoughts have bounced through my mind when introducing myself, such as my voice sounding weird or my handshake being too feeble.

Students introduce themselves with a classic handshake. First impressions are not limited to faceto-face interactions. Maintaining updated, entertaining social media posts is essential toward developing other people’s perception of ourselves, especially in college. I’ve found that it is important to seem mature, cool and well-read for future classmates who may browse my different social media webpages. I do not question a person’s desire to make a good first impression. However, I do question how and why someone might come across differently than how they wish to be perceived. I believe it is mostly due to our inherent need, as humans, to organize concepts into different categories. We strive to brand others as funny, outgoing or shy because we love to classify things into groups. We characterize each animal by species, genus and family. We

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reference others based on the shade of their skin, gender and sexual orientation. We organize the world into continents, countries, states and cities. Being able to stamp a label on someone after we meet them fulfills an internal desire to establish and arrange new faces in our minds. It’s a memory game in which a person becomes permanently labeled based on mere seconds of conversation. The problem of judging others based on their first impression is not specific to college freshmen. For upperclassmen, first impressions come in the form of job interviews, where they must win over potential employers with the proper handshake and smile in order to get the internship that will build their career. First impressions are repetitive and

can come across disingenuous, yet we use them to determine character. Why are we so quick to judge new people? The answer is almost as complicated as doing my own laundry for the first time. But once I practiced making a good first impression, it was as simple as separating my dark clothes from my white. If you want to revamp how others see you, be as genuine as possible. Do not feel forced to be someone you are not, whether that is super outgoing or incredibly introverted. Don’t pretend in order to fit in with your peers. Be yourself and a good first impression will happen effortlessly. Recognize when someone else is trying to make a good first impression with you, and keep an open mind. This is best put in the words of children’s author, Sharon Creech, in her novel, “Walk Two Moons.” Creech wrote, “In the course of a lifetime, what does it matter? Don’t judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.” Foster relationships, don’t be quick to judge and be confident enough in the person you are so you don’t feel the need to change yourself. Make a first impression the first item of information you learn about a person. Show initiative to get to know someone on a deeper level by talking and meeting with them a second, third and fourth time. There is more to a person than their handshake and their smile.

College degrees should be built on passions


People should not measure their worth based on their major. By Rachel Smith Through my first two years at the College, I’ve heard more than my fair share of contradictory and unsolicited opinions about the usefulness of a college degree. As a communications and women’s, gender and sexuality studies double major, I’ve had other people judge me based on which major I favor for a prospective career path. I personally like to think of my double major as a two-forone sale. When interviewing

with future employers, I will be selling them on why I am fit to fill the role that is available. Maybe some employers will like one of my majors more than the other. Maybe they will hire me based on one of my majors and see my second major as a bonus. Conversely, maybe I will be able to leverage off the strengths that both majors have given me, proving I am wellrounded and would provide an asset to their team. Dedicating our lives to the

pursuit of higher education is a challenge, made even more difficult by those questioning whether the career path we’ve chosen is worth the money and the stress. During our college years, we’re bombarded with conflicting ideas of how to measure the true value of higher education. There are many myths around choosing a career path that are often sold as absolute truths. I’ve heard more than enough times that if I want to do something that makes me happy, I better be happy being broke. Teachers who have a passion for education and love developing the young minds of children can be seen as settling for a safe, paying job. A teacher might not be afforded the same respect as a doctor or lawyer because certain jobs hold royalties and evoke admiration in the American culture. Stigmas such as these need to be broken. Every job is necessary toward the survival of a society. Do not weigh the value of someone else’s career goals on your own scale. I disagree with the notion that if I want to do something

revolutionary, people assume I’m an idealist who thinks I’m the exception. We’re taught that trademark motivators such as passion and the desire to contribute to something bigger than ourselves is just a stage we’ll grow out of in time. In college, we’re taught to be confident, but not too confident. It is here that adulthood is taught to be less about freedom and more about complacency and acceptance of power beyond our control. The people who tell us that we can’t change the world are the ones who were too afraid to try. So often I have heard that if I want to make the most out of my college experience, I must pick a minor that makes sense with my major. Good advice is objective advice. When advice is based solely off of one’s own experiences, it can become skewed and biased. When I consulted with high school guidance counselors, my parents and college advisor, they all told me that I should have a narrow focus looking into the future, regarding my education. Maybe I don’t want to think small, I want to think big. Maybe

I don’t want to reduce myself to being relegated to one area of study, because I know I’m capable of more than that. It’s okay to think outside the box and pick a minor, or second major, in something that has nothing to do with our primary major because it will set us apart from others and make us stand out. A great part of becoming a functioning adult is learning to balance our wants with our needs. What is the moral of the story about higher education? Everyone must rationalize the risks and rewards for themselves. We can ask advice on our area of study all we want, but at the end of the day, we must live with our own choices. It’s terrifying to consider that spending time, money and effort still can’t guarantee a safe and secure job. That being said, just as we were able to embrace the often embarrassing saga of high school, we will also make it through college relatively unscathed. We will persist, student loans in hand, and hopefully give life to a new system where passion will always outweigh second-guessing.


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Students share opinions around campus “Do you think it’s hard to make a good first impression?”

Brielle Bryan / Opinions Editor

Greg Yezhov, a sophomore applied mathematics major. “No, but it’s easy to make a bad first impression.”

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Celia Federico, a sophomore chemistry major.

“Yes, because you don’t know the person yet, so you don’t know what they’re looking for.”

“Are you satisfied with your current area of study?”

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Rossanna Allen, a junior psychology major.

Arjan Sahni, a sophomore computer science major.

“Yeah, psychology is really relevant and I just see it applied to everything in my life.”

“I am very unhappy with my area of study. I’m probably going to do a self-design major.”

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Arts & Entertainment

Biennial IMM exhibit showcases faculty art

Left: Students observe a variety of creative pieces. Right: Professors tie their artistic works to the College’s theme of ‘who we are.’ By Eric Preisler Production Manager From Wednesday, Sept. 6 to Oct. 15, the College’s art faculty will showcase their works at the TCNJ Biennial Faculty Exhibition in the IMM gallery. This year’s theme of the exhibition is called Community and Practice. Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, the College’s art director, explained. “We wanted something that connected the campus learning theme, which is ‘who we are,’” she said. She commended the faculty and staff who participated in the exhibit for being both practicing artists and phenomenal educators. “This is the research work or the scholarship that the faculty members are participating in and this is what they are bringing to the larger community of the College,” PezallaGranlund said. During the panel discussion on Wednesday at 4 p.m., the art faculty explained their projects and their values as artists. Eddie Villanueva, one of the presenters, expressed how he enjoyed using a variety of materials and processes for sculptures, such as an arcade game in one of his pieces. “I just have a lot of interests in different kinds of materials and a lot of interest in learning new processes,” he said.

When describing his reason for working with various mediums in his work, Villanueva explained, “It’s because I just have a lot of interests in different kinds of materials and a lot of interests in learning new processes.” Faculty member Liselot van der Heijden enjoys using people and actors in her works, including in her latest video loop titled, “Just Looking, Part III.” In the video, two actors face each other in the busy streets of Chelsea, standing still for a period of time as pedestrians navigate around them. The staged actors create an obstacle, which passersby must work around. “It creates a juxtaposition between stage, actors and the uncontrolled reality or events taking place,” Heijden said of her piece. She receives a lot of feedback from people who interact with her live action works. “That shows something not just about ourselves, but about our culture,” she said. It’s about “how we interact and how we share a common space.” Professor Elizabeth Mackie focused her work around the Ortler glaciers in the Alps, which relates to the school’s theme of “who we are,” as she believes that glaciers are an important part of the environment in which we live. “Without the environment around us we are nothing,” she said. Mackie wants students to learn how to create their

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own medium. “I also hope that they gained the idea of the interaction of science and art,” she said. Marchelo Vera, an art professor at the College, explains how he uses a variety of mediums in his work including hand drawings, digital drawing techniques, and photography. “Abstractly, I’m really interested in culture and identity and the way that technology and art kind of run parallel,” he said. “The way we’re incorporating technology in art today and the convergence of all the different mediums coming together, I think it’s very representative of the 21st century and global identity.” When addressing the benefits of the converging mediums, Vera adds, “I think it’s great, different mediums coming together, because they all offer different perspectives.” Professor Kenneth Kaplowitz, whose work focuses on photographing bird droppings, explains his motivation for his project. “I’m exploring the things that are right in front of us,” he said. “I’m trying to make art wherever I go.” Kaplowitz also offered advice to those in the midst of their own artwork or photography — “carry your camera wherever you go. It will train you to look at the world.”

‘Madden 18’ moves the chains with new engine

The game’s advanced graphics come from EA’s Frostbite Engine.

By Maximillian C. Burgos Sports Editor

Electronic Arts’ latest installment of “Madden NFL 18” football came with some interesting innovations. The game was built on EA’s Frostbite 3.0 gaming engine, and the differences from last year’s Infinity engine are uncanny. At first glance, the games almost look identical. The biggest changes are in the intricacies. This year, the character models are a lot more detailed and realistic. The jerseys have natural looking wrinkles in them and helmets reflect light in a life-like manner. The goofy tackling animations are not


completely gone from “Madden,” but the game does feel a lot more clean and polished than previous installments. The physics within the game feel more precise and deliberate. When a lineman uses the hit stick on a running back, he will no longer get run over like previous years. This year, the game developers counted weight and momentum into the formula for tackling and skill moves, and the difference is clear. Aspects of offensive play have also been changed as well. Runs feel powerful and aggressive and passes feel accurate and explosive. The hit stick in the game has been amped up and the sounds of impact are really bass-heavy. Each time a user

uses the hit stick, they can feel the impact in the bass of the sound — it’s almost sadistically satisfying. The defense in the game is also different from previous years. The defensive AI is a little flawed, but that’s nothing new. The biggest difference this year is the man-to-man coverage and the defender’s ability to create turnovers. If you hang a pass up for too long, you better believe that it will be picked off. With the new physics of the Frostbite engine, the offensive linemen get a much better push off the line this year than last year. Some running plays open up like the Red Sea did for Moses. Other plays sputter and die quickly with offensive linemen getting pushed straight into the running back or quarterback. There are also new features that make “Madden 18” more realistic. Rather than simply running past linemen as in previous years, the user now needs to pick holes more carefully. The defense can now reach each other and grab the runner while still engaged with a blocker, the same way they can in real life. This means, if the user runs too close to a blocker, they can pay the price. “Madden 18” also comes with an innovational but difficult passing mechanism. The user can now place passes exactly where they need to go, regardless of quarterback accuracy, with a new realtime cursor system. The system has a very steep learning curve because, during a game, decisions need to be made in a split second. However, it does still

have some value. If the user masters the new mechanic, they can turn Mark Sanchez or Brock Osweiler into Peyton Manning. Weather in “Madden 18” also has more of an impact on how the game is played. Players slip in a realistic fashion and, due to the new engine, they do not take as long to get back up. In snow or rain, the passing game is not as effective. The wind can also influence kicks and passes as well. “Madden 18” also comes with a story mode called Longshot. It is a very cliché sports story that is influenced by the player’s decisions. It, at times, seems overreaching and cheesy but it’s up to the player to decide how he or she wants to play it. It does have heart wrenching moments, but for the most part, it plays like a discount tell-a-tale game. In the story mode, the user plays as Devin Wade, a disgraced college quarterback looking for redemption. The user’s companion in the story is Wade’s long time friend Colt Cruise, also known as the “Cruise Missile.” The story takes the player on a TV show to prove he is NFL material and the player’s decisions influence whether or not he will be drafted. The game also has new multiplayer features that seems necessary. Now the player can play 3-on-3 games where each player controls a different skill position or group. The feature is hard to play and can be annoying if the player is not playing with others on their level of “Madden” experience.

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‘Death Note’ fails to live up to manga

Light encounters a sinister notebook that wreaks havoc on his life.

By Nicole Zamlout Correspondent

More often than not, a live action movie based on any type of animation, be it traditional or anime, is going to have a few hiccups. But on Aug. 25, the Netflix Original film “Death Note,” which was based on a manga of the same title, did not. It instead reduced its source material to vomit. The plot line should have been intriguing — a boy is handed a magical book that can kill the person whose name is written inside it. The boy then uses the book to

become Kira, a supposed spirit of justice alongside of his girlfriend Mia. You would think that this concept would make a gripping movie. But several factors play into its demise. First was the acting: The actors did not truly understand the depth and complexity of the characters they were playing, making their performances very one note and almost cartoonish. Yes, this was based on an anime, but that does not excuse the characters for acting like it. It takes place in the real world, and real people do not


act like cartoons. Take for example the protagonist, Light. His motivations to help people are very scarcely seeded. In the anime book his character is based on, he spirals into a maniac, which makes him an interesting protagonist. Instead we get a whiny teenager who has no idea what to do when everything starts going downhill, and he just becomes pushed around by forces out of his control. How are we supposed to be fascinated and somewhat disturbed by this character when he is nothing more than some kid playing with fire, instead of a man

with a dark understanding of reality that may be mirrored by any one of us? The characters’ motivations are paper thin, and the reactions to these said motivations are also unrealistic. The character of Mia, Light’s girlfriend, clearly loves the power trip she gets from the note and is only using Light to keep it in her life. But the moment she claims to love him, he instantly forgives her and any decisions she made without him. The editing of the film was also strangely paced. It focused on random parts while skipping over important details and moments. Also, the gore in the film was excessive for no reason. Gore can be a jarring aspect to a film when done right, but when thrown in at random intervals, it does nothing but disgust and distract. In short, a movie that could have been an interesting study into the nature of innocence and justice became a cheap knockoff of a popular anime. This film just wanted to shock and entertain rather than dive into the ethical and moral debates its predecessor pushed to the audience. Due to that, this film may as well have written its own name into the “Death Note.”

Microwave reheats CUB Alt crowd By Danielle Silvia Social Media Editor

CUB Alt’s latest concert on Friday, Sept. 8, in the Brower Student Center featured three outside bands that were each diverse and talented. The crowd was sparse when the show began at 6:15 p.m. There was a vendor space in the back of the room where each band was selling merchandise — stickers, shirts and posters featuring each group of artists. The concert opened with Grayling, a Philadelphia-based solo project. The band, which is relatively new, was formed in 2015. The band is composed of four members including Lexi Campion, the lead guitarist and a current senior at Drexel University studying music industry. Her brother, Greg Campion, is also a member of the band. He plays rhythm guitar and has a passion for performing in front of large audiences. From Hamilton, New Jersey, the sibling have Philadelphia and New Jersey ties that they hope will help

the band’s future in finding concert venues. In addition to the Campion siblings, Grayling has two other members: Rachel Wild, who is from the Poconos and is the band’s drummer and Sean Rynkewicz, the band’s bass player and a student at the University of the Arts. Currently, the band performs about twice a month at various venues in the southern New Jersey region and Philadelphia area. The band visited the College in hopes of spreading the word of their music. On Friday, they featured eight of their hit songs that were “electrifying and inspirational,” according to sophomore art education major Haley Mosseri. In particular, their song “Soil” spoke about emotions and living life fully, a theme that the band centered many of their songs around. Their third song, “Tired” had a high energy tempo mixed with a tender, slow moving array of guitar strokes. “Tired” was about finding one that you love and whether “waiting for the one” is truly worth it.

Microwave excites the audience with a passionate performance.

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The second opener, Hodera, is an allmale member group that kept audience members pulsing. Band leader Matthew Smith was the featured vocalist for the night. The other members of the band included Scott on drums, Doug on guitar, and Alek on bass. Their sound incorporates elements of indie rock and Americana, and the band frequently tours all over the country. Annually, the band puts on about 100 to 150 concerts, according to Smith. From the start, Hodera prompted the audience to come closer to enjoy the music. The featured flashing lights illuminated around the sound machines off and on to add to the overall effect of the performance. In particular, Hodera’s third song, “The Outside,” kept the audience rolling with excitement. The lyrics “everything’s fine on the outside” connected the audience with deep topics such as death and depression. Hodera utilized techniques such as repetition and alliteration in lyrics such as “little kids stuck in the pictures, little pills used to cure depression” to bring such topics to light. When asked how she thought the performance was, Karin Flannery, a junior IMM and communications double major and CUB member, deadpanned, “Sick. Heavy.” Hodera’s new record is set to debut on Oct. 20 and their release show is set for Nov. 3 in Brighton, Pennsylvania. Finally, the headlining band, Microwave, took the stage at about 8 p.m. As soon as the band began, a high volume of people entered the performance space almost immediately and formed a mosh pit in the center of the space. Their first song, “Busy,” kept audiences dancing wildly. “Grass Stains” was probably the height of the mosh pit’s performance — it even scared some audience members on the outskirts. Junior Danielle Parks, a philosophy major, said that the group was “so passionate in their music. Even if you don’t know their music, you still appreciate their power.” The night was a true success and audience members left with their ears ringing with joy. Each band drew in a new pool of fans with their powerful performance.

This week, WTSR Assistant Music Director EJ Paras highlights some of the best new music that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.

Band Name: Toro y Moi Album Title: “Boo Boo” Release Number: 6th Hailing From: Columbia, South Carolina Genre: Chillwave Synth-pop Label: Carpark Toro y Moi is one of the defining artists of the “chillwave sound.” He has always expertly blended immersive synthesizer textures with ear-worm R&B hooks. Coming off a breakup, this record has a solitary and melancholy sound, which provides these funky songs with some deep emotional weight. How you absorb this music is up to you. You can float away in the ambience of the music or belt passionately along with the lyrics. Must Hear: “Mirage,” “No Show” and “Girl Like You”

Band Name: Wavves Album Title: “You’re Welcome” Release Number: 6th Hailing From: San Diego Genre: Surfer Punk Rock Label: Ghost Ramp “You’re Welcome” is Wavves’s first time releasing a record on their own label and it’s a natural progression of their discography. Catchy choruses, punchy drums and basslines and a sort of urgency in lead singer Nathan Williams’s voice contribute to another solid record. They recently opened for blink-182 on their SoCal tour, and I hope their musical career only improves. Must Hear: “No Shade,” Animal” and “Million Enemies”

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Concert / Coping Skills brings true talent to stage continued from page 1 song with lyrics about the bitter end to a past relationship. Luciano’s airy, high-pitched voice stood out more than expected against the electric guitar and Bowman’s fervent and passionate drumming. The energy in the room spiked soon after the duo began to play. Whenever Luciano wasn’t singing, she was kicking, dancing and twirling around the stage, all while playing the guitar. “She was great,” said sophomore art education major Haley Mosseri. “You don’t expect her to have so much energy just from looking at her.” Crowd favorites in the set included 2015 singles “Dinner Date” and “Sleep Talk.” Both songs have much more relaxed verses that build to powerful choruses. Luciano’s lyrics are straightforward, revealing and relatable — she had the crowd cheering louder after each song. In between songs, Luciano — usually slightly out of breath from her performance — spoke openly and cheerfully with the crowd. “This is the first day of our tour, so this show is really special,” Luciano said. “It’s really cool to start in New Jersey because we’ve only played here one other time and like two people showed up.” Although the crowd was eager to hear what the bubbly Diet Cig lead singer had to say, Luciano concerned herself more with the music. “I don’t have any witty stage banter,” Luciano said. “So I just want to say thanks for coming out!” She also took the time to address interstellar goings-on. “I want to congratulate everyone for making it through Mercury in retrograde,” Luciano said, her voice full of genuine glee. “I was starting to get worried this time, but we made it! The band then played their song “Link in Bio,” from their 2017 album “Swear I’m Good at This.” The song’s empowering and emotional lyrics manifested themselves in Luciano’s performance and resonated throughout the audience. The music and lyrics are simple, but it’s the band’s limitless energy that made it a real experience.


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Dispenza delivers angsty lyrics to an eager audience.

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back and kicking in the air while playing the final chords to the song. The three bands that night were memorable not only for their music, but for their demeanors as well. “When they were talking to us they seemed so nice, almost awkward but in a good way,” Mosseri said. “Then when they start playing it feels totally different.” The bands also sold some of their merchandise at the show, which included many stickers, shirts, CDs and vinyl records. The next CUB Alt show will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 15, in BSC 100W, and will feature the band Old Gray and more.

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Before playing the song “Tummy Ache,” which features lyrics about double standards between genders, Luciano took the time to reassure students about their own creative endeavors. “Growing up I was always having my art questioned and judged by people who didn’t like it,” Luciano said. “Don’t let them get to you, remember that your art matters.” The band ended with their most well-known song “Harvard.” The band went all out for the finale, with Luciano jumping into the audience to dance with them and later lying on her

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Students seek new opportunities at Involvement Fair

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Left: Students speak to prospective organizations. Right: Campus activities create everlasting friendships. By Chloe Freed Staff Writer

freshmen and returning students anxiously search for opportunities to get involved on campus. That’s why 221 clubs and organizations lined several open spaces in the Brower Student Center on Wednesday, Sept. 6, for the Student Involvement Fair, with laptops ready for prospective students to enter their emails and receive upcoming meeting dates. Students made their rounds visiting various tables hearing from organizations including Greek Life, multicultural clubs and sports teams. For new students, like freshmen and

transfers, the large number of opportunities can be stressful and intimidating. “It is a little overwhelming, but cool because there are a lot of things I didn’t know were here,” said Abby Spencer, a freshman deaf education major. “I am interested in Greek Life and didn’t know half of them until coming here.” Rachael Reinke, a sophomore communications studies major, encourages students to join the Association for Music Production and Discussion. AMP’D focuses on musical discussions, holds workshops for music programs such as Logic and allows students to utilize studio hours to record music. “Prospective students seemed interested,” Reinke said. “I hope through this fair they can get a gist of what our club’s about

and stay with us for a long time.” AMP’D was one of many organizations present that allow students to branch out amongst their peers and engage in activities that are related to their interests. Abby Bucci, a sophomore open options humanities and social sciences major, is a member of the International and Domestics Students Organization, a club that allows students to be exposed to new cultures and students from all over the globe. “I think a lot (of students) are interested, especially those who don’t get exposed to a lot of cultures,” Bucci said. “We focus on emphasizing on making friends, it is really chill.” Along with the clubs that return each semester for the fair, a new club that made its

Network, founded by its co-presidents Hannah Anolik, a sophomore public health major, and Julie Burkett, a sophomore biology major. Hoping to attract new members, Anolik showed enthusiasm with her table covered in CDN pins and stickers. “It’s exciting and overwhelming,” Anolik said.” “There’s a lot we want to do, this is a big step to get big. People who don’t have diabetes can join. We call the people who support diabetes advocacy without diabetes ‘Type 3.’ Anyone is welcome to join.” With many clubs and opportunities on campus, students at the College have the friends they will have for the rest of their collegiate career.

Assault / Marchers stand in solidarity at Slutwalk Campus bands together in show of support exploitation, but to represent the victims that have suffered or lost their lives. As students proudly marched through campus, those passing by often showed their support by simply smiling, joining the chant or taking videos. Slutwalk originated in Toronto and was created to pro-

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May discusses her experience working with survivors of sexual assault. continued from page 1 asked those in attendance to raise their hand if they’ve ever been harassed in the street, followed or groped. Many hands were raised in the air, demonstrating just how many people have sustained these often suppressed

or habitually tolerated experiences. “I wasn’t the only one that felt silenced by it,” May said, as she described the exchange of harassment stories among friends. A band of young women and men then marched out of the basement, not only to inform people of sexual

dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized,” according to a CBC News Toronto article from April 2011. These marches provide a safe environment for those to express themselves freely, providing women the opportunity to wear clothing they may shy away from in fear of slut shaming. Jesse Troiano, a senior marketing major, expressed his understanding of the harassment and rape culture on college campuses and the need for people to take initiative to end it. “It is so prevalent and guys need to show their support too,” Troiano said. Slutwalk’s purpose is to give victims a safe haven to share their stories and make the public understand that sexual assault is not something to be tolerated. The College’s students that assembled were peacefully confronting the stigma that women are supposed to “adopt the problem,” according to May. Maggie McCreesh, a new member of WILL and a freshman political science major, believes that Slutwalk “help(s) with solidarity and remind people that they are not alone.” Actions can speak louder than words. Slutwalk is bringing the misinterpretations and negative stigmas of sexual abuse to the surface simply through strides.

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: College continues campus renovations

Campus Style

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Academic buildings are updated with new features. Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. This past summer, major construction projects took place around campus. Buildings such as the Brower Student Center and Science Complex have undergone several renovations, and the STEM Building will soon open its doors for students and faculty. With updated features almost complete, the College community can expect the buildings to be ready for use sometime this fall semester. In 1999, the College underwent substantial renovations to several buildings around campus including the Biology Building and Bliss Hall. Students returning to the college should expect to see some new faces — on the academic buildings. According to Greg Bressler, associate vice president of Facilities Management and Planning, every academic building will be newly built or newly renovated by the 2004-2005 academic year, in time for the college’s 150th anniversary. Construction projects in the works this fall include the new School of Business Building, the new Biology Building, the demolition of Bray Hall and renovations to Bliss Hall. The School of Business Building, scheduled for completion two weeks ago, should

Bressler. Construction projects on the building’s exterior include brickwork, the installation of windows and the completion of sidewalk extensions surrounding the building. Inside, workers are still installing sheet rock, ceiling tiles and carpeting before the building is ready for academic use, Bressler said. By October, he anticipates that students and faculty will be able to move into Bliss Hall has undergone renovations over the summer in order to house the humanities departments: philosophy and religion, English, modern languages and women’s and gender studies. According to Bressler, only “punch list,” or small construction projects, remain. Within a few days, more fences should begin to go up around Bray Hall, Bressler said. The demolition is expected to take approximately a month and a half. The demolition will be primarily contained in an “island construction site,” to leave the surrounding area as unobstructed as possible. The area immediately surrounding bray Hall will be fenced off, as well as triangular area between the main sidewalk leading to Loser Hall. According to Bressler, construction on the new Biology Building is running on schedule.

The Culinary Club Presents...

Lions Plate


Right: Softey-style shoes are a chic fall trend. By Jillian Greene Columnist Steve Madden’s Softey-style, slip-on shoe has become a popular trend today. If you don’t know what the Softey-style is, let me enlighten you: it’s a slip-on shoe with a thick fur strap that runs across the top of your foot. style by Steve Madden while shopping in the Macy’s shoe department, just about every brand makes some variation of that Steve Madden offered — black, pink and grey. Initially, I bought the black pair because I thought they wouldn’t get dirty and were the most neutral color the designer brand offered. But I soon went back and purchased the pink pair, too. The pink shoes are my favorite of the two, but because they are a lighter color, I have to make sure they stay clean.

Due to the several brands that manufacture these slip-on shoes, the prices vary from affordable to a little over the top. These shoes are a personal favorite of mine because they match perfectly with

can wear them with jeans, shorts, leggings, yoga pants or just about anything you want. The best part is that when cooler weather comes you can wear them as comfy slippers around the house. Because I love them so much, I don’t tend to categorize them completely as slippers, but I do know several people who look down upon those who wear them in public. That’s where one of my favorite fashion tips comes into play: If you like what you’re wearing, who cares what anyone else thinks? The only person who has to As classes have started, I’m thrilled to see many of these Softey-style shoes trending around campus.

: Microwaved potato chips There’s a variety of delicious toppings you can add to satisfy your cravings. After your potato chips are cooked, add vinegar, salt or pepper. Dunk the chips in barbecue sauce, ketchup or salsa. Add cheddar cheese — and microwave for an additional 30 seconds — if want to make nachos from scratch. Whether you choose to add toppings or condiments, or you choose to eat them plain, this recipe can be as customizable as you’d like. Ingredients: 1 medium sized potato 2 tbsps of olive oil 1 tbsp of salt Pepper (if desired)


Homemade potato chips are a crunchy delight. By Julia Dzurillay Columnist With this new recipe from the Culinary Club, you can skip waiting in long supermarket lines for a simple bag of potato chips. If you’re hungry for something crunchy to snack on, look no further than your dorm room microwave. This microwavable potato chip recipe allows you to try something new and is perfect for an afternoon of creativity.

Directions: 1. Thinly slice the potato and place the slices on a paper towel. 2. Place another paper towel over the potato slices and gently press down to absorb the excess moisture. 3. Let potatoes dry. 4. After the potatoes have dried, place the slices in a bowl. 5. Evenly coat the potatoes with two tbsps of olive oil. 6. Transfer the potatoes to a microwave safe plate. 7. Sprinkle with one tablespoon of salt or as much as desired. 8. Microwave potatoes for three minutes. 9. Flip the potatoes to the opposite side. 10. Microwave for an additional three minutes, or until golden brown. 12. Sprinkle again with salt and pepper, and add toppings if desired.

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Sports Cheap Seats

USMNT has deep roots in Garden State By Michael Battista Staff Writer Every four years, teams from around the world compete to take part in the FIFA World Cup for the chance to be called ‘World Champions.’ Copious amounts of fame and money are up for grabs. The U.S. Men’s National soccer team has had a few missteps during qualifications which continued against the Costa Rican National team in Harrison, New Jersey’s Red Bull Arena with a 2-0 loss on Friday, Sept. 1. The team’s struggles may be the biggest story coming out of the match. Head coach Bruce Arena lost his first match since taking over, but an overlooked factor in the whole event is the area where it all happened. Hudson County, New Jersey and the surrounding New York metropolitan area both have a rich history when it comes to the sport. During a session at the New York Red Bull’s training facility in Whippany, New Jersey, on Monday, Aug. 28, Arena spoke about what he expected at the game. “My sense is that we’re going to have good support,” Arena told reporters. “I think when we played Honduras in San Jose there was concern there was going to be a big Honduran population attending the game… We’re well aware of the fact that there’s many Costa Ricans in the greater New York area but that’s all part of the exercise.” Arena was sure to mention that New Jersey has it’s own special culture separate from his New York state roots. “I’m from New York, so we don’t accept New Jersey as being part of New York,” the coach said with a chuckle. That separation is one of the reasons why soccer could stand on its own away from the New York City glamor. The Garden State’s history with the game could be all the marketing U.S. Soccer needs when promoting an event. Only a 10 minute drive from Red Bull Arena sits my hometown — Kearny, New Jersey. On the surface Kearny seems like any other small suburb, sitting right outside of Newark with views of both the Jersey City and New York City skylines. However, in the soccer world Kearny has earned a far more prestigious title, “Soccer Town U.S.A.” A New York Times article from June 1994, helps explain the sport’s cultural

significance in Kearny. “The town has two local soccer historians. On Kearny Avenue, the main strip, a sign proclaims, ‘Welcome to Kearny. Soccer Town, U.S.A.’ And the photographs, jerseys and cleats of past soccer heroes are enshrined in several glass displays at the local library,” wrote The New York Times. While soccer today can be seen as a rich man’s game, with tickets for a toplevel league fetching a high price and players being among the richest athletes in the world, it started out as quite the opposite. When immigrants came to the U.S. in the late 1800s and early 1900s, they not only looked for new opportunities but to bring their own distinguished cultures as well. This is how America produced areas like New York’s Little Italy and the early Italian neighborhoods of Newark, or the aforementioned Scottish and Irish area of Kearny. The Times article further explains this trend by explaining the ties within the town to large European companies and their factories. “The soccer tradition… can be traced to the mid-1870’s, a time when thousands of Scottish and Irish immigrants settled in Kearny, 10 miles west of Manhattan, after two Scottish companies, Clark Thread Company and Nairn Linoleum, opened two mills and a factory here,” wrote the Times. Kearny’s history as a factory town, from the thread companies all the way to shipbuilding during World War II, employed thousands of immigrants. These immigrants, ranging mostly in Scottish and Irish descent, helped bring the game of soccer to the area. In the late 1890s, they created one of America’s earliest semi-pro soccer leagues, the National Association Football League. A lot of these teams were made up of factory workers so names such as Kearny AC, Kearny Scots or Kearny Federal Ship Athletic Association Soccer Club were common. In total, during both iterations of the league until the mid 1920s, nine teams originated from the town. The national team’s origins also hold history within the area as well. In 1885, Canada’s Western Football Association sent a team down to the United States in what would be their first international match held outside the United Kingdom. The American Football Association, at that time the U.S.’s unofficial governing body of soccer, organized a team and played

Altidore is the USMNT’s third highest goal scorer of all time.

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Bradley plays for Toronto FC.

Canada in a 1-0 loss. This game was not the official first match for the national team, but it is recorded as the first game where a team represented the country. The exact location of the game has not been confirmed, however most recorded accounts place it somewhere within the West Hudson area of New Jersey, which includes Kearny, Harrison and Newark. John Harkes, a former USMNT midfielder and MLS star, explained in a 2014 MLS video that growing up in the area meant you never really escaped the sport. “Soccer when you’re a kid is just everywhere you look in Kearny,” Harkes said. “Your dad’s coaching (your recreation team), your friends are kicking the ball around on the playground and so it becomes ingrained as part of your life. Soccer is everything you kind of live for.” Speaking from experience, as someone whose father coached his recreation team for a majority of childhood, Harkes isn’t wrong. In fact, Harkes uncle, “Big Al” Alex Harkes, helped coach me to my first Kearny recreation soccer trophy with my father as an assistant coach. The older generation continues to teach the younger generation in Kearny about the basics and, as Big Al has told countless Kearny youth, reminds young players not to be afraid of “using their left foot” if they get a shot at goal. Harkes plays a special part in the history of soccer not only for Kearny, but for the U.S. National team itself. Harkes, goalkeeper Tony Meola and midfielder Tab Ramos all played for the 1994 World Cup squad that played in the United States while it hosted the event. To have three players come from the same town, let alone the same high school in Kearny High School, was an oddity that hasn’t been repeated since. During the 2017 Gold Cup, the U.S. needed three goals over Nicaragua to win their group heading into the knockout stage. Clifton, New Jersey native Matt Miazga headed a free kick late in the second half to give his team the win, 3-0. While he would be dropped from the team after this game, his aid helped put the team in a comfortable spot on route to the Gold Cup 2017 trophy. Going even deeper, the current U.S. squad features four players who were born in New Jersey. Forward Jozy Altidore and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya were born in Livingston and Englewood respectively, before growing up in Florida. Tim Howard, the U.S.’s star

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goalkeeper, was born in North Brunswick and for much of his early career played for state teams, including the Central Jersey Cosmos during his youth. He also played for the New York/New Jersey Metrostars, the previous name of the Red Bulls, during the mid 1990s and early 2000s. The U.S. team captain comes from a family with deep ties to the team and a home down the road from the College. Midfielder Michael Bradley, the second leading active goalscorer for the team and fourth highest in history, comes from Princeton, New Jersey. His father Bob, who was born in Montclair, coached the Princeton University soccer team to numerous NCAA appearances and Ivy league championships over his 10-year tenure. His paternal linage doesn’t stop there as his father coached the U.S. National team from 2006 until 2011, reaching two World Cup competitions in 2006 and 2010. He continues to coach sides to this day with his current position with the new MLS team Los Angeles FC set to begin in 2018. It’s important to note how major soccer promotions have used the state to great success. The original North American Soccer League, which ran from 1968 to 1984, had its biggest team play in the original Giant’s Stadium in East Rutherford. The New York Cosmos, the previous home of legends like Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto, sold out the American football stadium during soccer’s rise in the country. Later in 1996 after the NASL folded, Major League Soccer created the Metrostars, who continue to be one of the mainstays of the sport as the Red Bulls. During the national team’s training session, U.S. defender Tim Ream, who played for the Red Bulls between 2010 and 2011, said that coming back to the arena was like coming home. “It’s still really home,” Ream told reporters. “There’s still a lot of people here when I was (here)... you don’t find that at a lot of clubs these days… It’s nice to be back and see the things you used to see everyday. Little bit nostalgic.” From its deep roots with early immigrants, to the glamor of the World Cup and even right here at the College, the sport of soccer seems destined to be intertwined with New Jersey. While New York may claim making it there means you can make it anywhere, it takes a lot to play on the field deep within the Garden State.

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Soccer endures roadblock in Virginia By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor

The men’s soccer team endured some setbacks this week. The Lions lost 2-1 to Stevens Institute of Technology on Wednesday, Sept. 6, and Lynchburg College, 3-1, on Saturday, Sept. 9. Later on Sunday, Sept. 10, the team rebounded and beat Roanoke College, 2-1. In their first home game of the season, the Stevens Ducks prevailed over the Lions in overtime, 2-1. The Lions offense quickly pressured the Ducks in the early game. Junior midfielder Nick Sample connected off a corner kick and landed the Lions first shot on goal. Ten minutes later, sophomore midfielder Sam Monaco nearly scored off a high header shot. While the Lions missed opportunities, the Ducks capitalized on their first try. In the 27th minute, Ducks freshman forward Cristiano Hocken sprinted past the Lions defense on the right side and scored off the left corner of the net. The Lions responded by substituting three players. Two minutes into the second half,

freshman goalkeeper Michael Kayal secured a save off Ducks senior defender Jonas Melendez. In the 64th minute, Kayal kept the Ducks from adding to their lead. Kayal stopped a shot from Hocken and prevented a corner kick attempt. Junior midfielder Nick Sample put the Lions on board when he leftfooted his shot to the right corner. Both teams were locked in a stalemate once the clock hit zero. In overtime, freshman midfielder Ryan Vazquez launched a shot at Ducks junior goalkeeper Aaron Henry. After the play, the Ducks advanced to the Lions net. Hocken scored the Ducks winning goal when his shot deflected off a Lions defender and reached past the goal line. On Saturday, the team traveled south to Salem, Virginia, to compete in the All Sports Cafe Roanoke Invitational. In the first game against Lynchburg College, the Lions jumped out to a 1-0 lead before conceding three goals and losing, 3-1. The Lions offense had a strong start when junior defender Nick Zolofra headed in a goal off a pass from senior captain forward Michael Kassak. The Hornets threatened to scored afterwards but the Lions were able to extinguish their two corner kick attempts.

Sample scores the only goal against the

Nelan breaks away from the defense.

In the middle of the first half, the Hornets kept pressing the Lions defense. Kayal kept the Lions to their 1-0 lead by grabbing two saves. However, the Hornets broke through and stung the Lions twice in the 33th minute. Hornets senior defender Nate Berning tied the match when he ripped a shot into the right side of the net. In the following play, Hornets sophomore forward Sherman Mitchell bumped a header shot onto the right side of the Lions net. By halftime, the Hornets were up, 2-1. The Lions struggled to score in the second half. Hornets junior goalkeeper Dylan McLaurin stopped many Lions scoring opportunities and collected three saves.The situation grew worse in the 87th minute when the Lions were reduced to 10 players because of a red card issue. The Hornets immediately took advantage and scored their third goal when Mitchell knocked the ball to the left side of the Lions net with an assist from senior forward Fredy Flores. “Both teams (Lynchburg and Stevens) had a lot of talent and were able to play good soccer,” Kassak said. “They were Photo courtesy of Sports Information Desk very athletic and moved the ball well, but Ducks. we definitely dominated our fair share

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of the game. We got the early goal but it came down to Lynchburg capitalizing on two of their scoring chances. We had a couple of chances.” The following day, the Lions played against host Roanoke College and walked out with a 2-1 victory. Both the Maroons and Lions fought hard to score throughout the match. The Lions struck first when senior midfielder Kevin Nelan rebounded his shot to the right side of the net. It was the first goal of his career. In the second half, senior midfielder Peter Dresch added insurance by scoring the team’s second goal. With two minutes remaining, the Maroons attempted a last ditch rally. Maroons senior forward Cole Thornton scored on a penalty kick. Afterwards, the Lions were able to drain the clock to zero to secure the 2-1 victory. The Lions are on the road this Wednesday, Sept. 13, when they compete against Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham. The following Saturday, Sept. 16, the Lions come home to the Soccer Complex for their first conference match of the season against William Paterson University. Kickoff is scheduled at 1 p.m.


Frostburg State freezes Lions offense in tough loss

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Left: Osler drops back for a pass. Right: Guckin darts for the end zone. By Maximillian C. Burgos Sports Editor The football team traveled to Frostburg, Maryland, on Saturday, Sept. 9, and matched up with Frostburg State University and its unforgiving defense in a hostile environment. Though the Lions fell 49-14, they did move the ball with moderate success, force turnovers and create pressure on the Frostburg quarterback. But that was not enough to push past Frostburg and into the end zone. Frostburg’s strong offensive attack got out to an early lead, putting the Lions in a tough spot. Frostburg’s offense put up 28

points before the Lions could respond with a score of their own. Senior quarterback Trevor Osler led the Lions on a four-play, 77-yard drive that he punched in himself in just under two minutes to put the Lions on the board in the second quarter. The Lions did have a decent day in the air, totaling 194 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Vincent Guckin managed to have 109 yards with six receptions and the Lions only receiving touchdown. Senior tight end Chase Vena had 44 yards on four receptions. Though the Lions struggled defensively, they did have some solid performances on the

defensive side of the ball. Junior linebacker Max Busca led the Lions defensive attack with 10 tackles, including one for a loss. Senior cornerback Alshamiere Fields and sophomore Xavier Santos both had solid games with seven tackles apiece. Senior defensive lineman Shane Kelley also made some noise on the defense, getting seven quarterback knockdowns and a sack. Senior linebacker Ryan Hattersley and sophomore defensive linemen Domenick Mazurek earned sacks for the Lions as well. Senior linebacker Anthony Gambone also thwarted a Frostburg drive with an interception in the end zone. Frostburg’s balanced offensive

attack would be tough for a team to stop. They have won 11 straight games since week three of last season. The Lions fought hard, but the Bobcats managed to put up 322 yards in the air and 144 yards on the ground against the Lions. Junior offensive lineman Ryan Signora commented on how the team can move on from the loss. “Coming in our game plan was to execute our offense to the fullest extent,” he said. “We hoped that we’d be able to move the ball efficiently against a really good defense. There were times that we looked good and others that we shot ourselves in the foot with penalties and slow

starts on drives.” The Lions did have an issue with penalties, totaling eight for 71 yards. But Signora maintained that the team would stay focused on next week’s opponent and move on from this loss. “We’re focused on this upcoming week and Wesley,” he said. “We can’t get discouraged and have to continue to get better and better every week.” The Lions’ next game is at home at Lions Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 12 p.m. against New Jersey Athletic Conferencefavorite Wesley College. Wesley is a formidable opponent but the Lions remain confident and poised for the future.



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Thomas Infante “The Ref”

Bryan Penney-Hadewyez

ATD Correspondent

Malcolm Luck

ATD Correspondent

Tom Munnia

Business Manager

In this week’s edition of Around the Dorm, “Ref” Thomas Infante asked our panel of three experts — Malcolm Luck, Bryan Penney-Hadewyez and Tom Munnia — three questions: Should the Boston Red Sox be penalized for using Apple smartwatches to steal signs? Who will win the Sept. 16 boxing match, Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez? Is Tom Brady, the 40-year-old New England Patriots quarterback, near his retirement?

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1. Should the Boston Red Sox be penalized for using Apple smartwatches to steal signs? Malcolm: Absolutely. Baseball signs are so complex to protect the team from exposing its strategy. Using technology to steal signs from an opponent puts your team at a huge advantage. Think about it this way, what if every team used technology to steal signs? It

would pretty much ruin the point of its secrecy. Coaches might as well yell from the dugouts “Hey, you should bunt here!” It would shatter the integrity and strategic mindset of the game. Bryan: The Boston Red Sox should definitely be penalized for stealing signs. Given that baseball requires great focus and extraordinary reaction time, stealing

signs by unfairly using technology truly takes something away from the sport. The counterpoint would be that many other sports use technology to better understand opponents, which is true. However, using information to prepare prior to a competition and stealing information in real time are two very different things. The latter being incredibly simple and should only be

construed as blatant cheating. Tom: Yes, I believe the Boston Red Sox should be penalized because they blatantly used technology to gain an unfair advantage over their rival. It is one thing to be able to recognize the signs being called. But to record and transmit the signs to the rest of the team, especially in a very pivotal series, that’s unfair.

Bryan gets 3 points for comparing the situation to other sports. Malcolm gets 2 points for mentioning the complexity of baseball signs. Tom gets 1 point for the shortest answer.

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2. Who will win the Sept. 16 boxing match, Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez? Malcolm: I don’t know much about boxing, but I think Golovkin will win. He has the size advantage and virtually the same amount of knockouts as Canelo in more than a dozen or less matches. Either way, it should be an entertaining match. Bryan: Gennady Golovkin will win over Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 16. While Canelo is an incredible boxer, he does not possess the experience that GGG has. At age 35, he has seen it all in the middleweight class and has fought opponents all over the map. His power and precision are still supernatural. Even though some believe he has lost his step, it is doubtful that Canelo will be able to figure him out. Canelo has yet to fight a true champion, having recently knocked out Amir Khan who is known for having a ‘glass chin.’ Golovkin will surely

throw a lot at Canelo that he has yet to experience in the ring. Experience will beat youth on Sept. 16. Tom: Canelo in 5 rounds, mark my words.

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Bryan gets 3 points for mentioning Golovkin’s previous fights and career history. Tom gets 2 points for confidence. Malcolm gets 1 point for trying his best. 3. Is Tom Brady, the 40-year-old New England Patriots quarterback, near his retirement? Malcolm: Definitely. The decline of NFL players is a lot more sudden than in any other sport. Former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is a good example. In 2013, he broke the touchdown record in a season with 55. Two years later he threw 9 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 10 games. It’s unfortunate, but the speed of the game eventually catches up to you. However, I can honestly say that

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no matter what happens to Tom Brady between now and his retirement, he’s still the greatest quarterback of all time. Bryan: For nearly any other player at 40 years of age, retirement would seem like a given. Tom Brady is not “any other player.” Sportscasters have been speculating for years about the retirement of Brady. Yet each year, he seems to come back stronger — physically and mentally. Having only sustained one truly devastating injury — a torn ACL in 2008 — he is consistently healthy. It is unlikely that he will take a beating in the pocket as a veteran reading defensive lines. He has the consistency of the Patriots offensive line to rely upon. Having just won a super bowl in which he did not have his best game and still threw for 466 yards, it would seem that he could play for another four to five years at least. Tom: Given that Tom Brady started his career in 2001, I think he is definitely nearing his retirement. He is currently the oldest active QB in the league, and I think he has at most four years left.

Malcolm gets 3 points for drawing a comparison to Manning. Bryan gets 2 points for a well-informed analysis of Brady’s injuries. Tom gets 1 point for an easy prediction.

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Winner’s Circle Bryan wins ATD 8-6-4

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Field hockey team beats birds, as billed while the defense maintained the Lions lead. The Ducks only added one more goal in the 43rd minute. In the midst, Fabiano had a strong performance at the net with five saves. On Saturday, the field hockey team defeated Juniata College, 5-1. Tiefenthaler jumped the Lions to a quick start when she scored off a deflection from Eagles junior goalkeeper Jessica Gray. In the next play, Andrews added another goal to the Lions 2-0. In the 5th minute, the Eagles cut the Lions lead to one goal when junior midfielder Meredith Shepard scored off an assist from senior forward Megan Martin. The Lions ultimately won the match, 5-1. Tiefenthaler shined throughout the match as she scored two goals and recorded an assist. She currently has five goals this season. Within the first three matches of the season, the Lions have netted in 21 goals while conceding only four goals. “The freshmen have been doing very well this year,” said senior forward Elizabeth Morrison. “They got Photo courtesy of Sports Information Desk through preseason well and are now an integral part of Fabiano saves a shot late in the game. our team. Along with Tori, we have a few other freshBy Miguel Gonzalez but senior goalkeeper Christina Fabiano deflected men that start and a lot of them sub in during games. Sports Editor two shots. Everyone on the team this year has a chance to play The Lions were hungry for goals in the first half as which makes practice competitive and fun.” The No. 6 nationally ranked field hockey team kept they recorded 23 shots. In the 12th minute, sophomore The team will be competing at home this week. On steamrolling its opponents this week. The team demol- forward Cayla Andrews scored off a pass from sopho- Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Lions will play against Drew ished Stevens Institute of Technology, 9-2, on Thursday, more forward/midfielder Kayla Peterson. University at Lions Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7, and defeated Juniata College, 5-1, on Saturday, In the following play, Peterson added to the Lions The Rangers are currently looking for their first win Sept. 9. lead when she dribbled her way through Ducks de- of the season after losing in overtime against Keuka Junior forward Taylor Barrett wasted no time fenders and flickered in the goal. College, 2-1. against the Stevens Ducks. In the fourth minute, Bar- The Ducks briefly countered in the 25th minute and The Lions take on No. 1 ranked Messiah College on rett navigated her way into the net after a penalty cor- scored to decrease the Lions lead, 3-1. At the conclu- Saturday, Sept. 16, at Lions Stadium. The undefeated ner and scored with an assist from freshman forward sion of the first half, the Lions pounded the Ducks of- Falcons will be their biggest test of the season. The Tori Tiefenthaler. fense and accumulated a 7-1 lead. Falcons recently beat No. 3 Salisbury University 2-1 The Ducks tried to counter in two penalty corners, In the second half, the Lions offense cooled down in overtime.

Ursinus finds Lions unbearable, College wins three straight By Michael Battista Staff Writer

minute, allowing senior midfielder Elizabeth Thoresen to step up and nail a penalty kick to extend her team’s lead, 2-0. The women’s soccer team began the The score-line stayed the same for the reregular season with a road win on Satur- mainder of the first half, but not for long into day, Sept. 9, at Collegeville, Pennsylvania. the second half. In the 53rd minute, freshThe team defeated Ursinus College, 4-0, man midfielder Kelly Carolan played in a and extended its current winning streak to shot from 40 yards out into the bottom left three games. of the net to earn her first goal as a Lion. While away from the College, the No. 12 Up by 3-0, senior forward Hannah Richranked Lions had no trouble making them- man entered the game in the 63rd minute selves at home inside the Ursinus Bears’ for Thoresen, after a round of substitutions. end of the field. Through 90 minutes, the Li- Richman was able to put her energy to ons had 23 shots, with 11 of them being on work right away. In a corner kick, Levering goal, compared to the Bears’ two total shots crossed the ball in the Bear’s zone and Richall game. man was able to convert a low cross into her The offensive side was the dominant second goal of the season and her team’s force of the game, maintaining possession fourth of the night. for a majority of the match and keeping the While the offensive side dominated the Bears defense on their toes. Senior forward game, head coach Joe Russo took time in the Christine Levering led the team with five second half to substitute out sophomore goalshots on goal, with senior midfielder Jes- keeper Nicole DiPasquale after she had startsica Goldman coming just behind her with ed every game. He opted to put in freshman four. Of the starting 11 for the Lions, seven goalkeeper Alexandra Panasuk for the retook at least one shot during the contest. Se- maining 21 minutes of play, where she didn’t nior midfielder Kayla Bertolino marked the have a chance to face the Bears offense. scoreboard within the first six minutes. She Coming into this year, with former Lions rebounded a blocked shot for a goal and put goalkeeper Jessica Weeder leaving the colher team up, 1-0. lege following last season’s NCAA TournaAfter this, both sides became less of- ment exit, the team had three goalkeepers fensive and more aggressive. The Lions on the bench ready for play: DiPasquale, and Bears tallied up four fouls all to- Panasuk and sophomore Sam Carney. Durgether in the next nine minutes. One of ing training camp, coach Russo said that the these came in the Bears’ box in the 15th fact the Lions had so many options in the net

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Bertolino scores a goal for the Lions.

was a great opportunity. “They all have done exceptionally well,” Russo said. “We’re very fortunate to have three very good goalkeepers and we haven’t really settled on one or another. It’s very open and it’s very competitive race, one that you like to see especially with your goalkeepers. So I’m excited. As we get closer we’ll have to make a decision that’s best for the group.” During an email interview, DiPasquale said that she and her teammates were working day in and day out waiting to see what the coach’s decision would be. “At the end of the day, Coach Russo will

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make a decision that is right for the team and whatever decision that may be I will stand by it,” DiPasquale said. With three straight clean sheet wins to her name, the young sophomore may be in the front running for the starting job. The Lions come home this week and host their home opener against 13th nationally ranked Johns Hopkins University at Lions Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. The team will then travel north to Wayne, New Jersey, to compete in their first conference match of the season against William Paterson University on Saturday, Sept. 16.

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