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confront rape Foster signs letter in support of DACA Students culture at Slut Walk
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The College’s president stands by the 7-year-old program.
By Garrett Cecere Editor-in-Chief
College President Kathryn Foster has signed a letter to Congress calling for bipartisan legislation in protecting those who are affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Her announcement came in an email to the campus on Sept. 9, close to the two-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s decision to end the program, which allows for undocumented people who immigrated to the U.S. as children to stay in the country. In her email, Foster wrote that while
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is still accepting renewals from those who are enrolled in DACA, the agency is not taking any new applications. “The deferred action is on deportation,” Foster told The Signal. “This is a profound deferral, and although you can continue to apply for renewal of your deferred action, to the degree that the program has been suspended by the Trump administration, that’s where uncertainty is (high).” Foster co-signed the letter with presidents from over 600 institutions around the nation. She said the American Council on Education wrote the letter and offered it to leaders from colleges and universities to sign. According to ACE’s website, over 1,700 institutions comprise its membership. The deadline for leaders to sign the letter was Sept. 13. The letter stated that a CNN poll in February 2018 showed that more than 80 percent of Americans believe Congress should protect those who are affected by DACA. see LAW page 3
By Emili Kovell Correspondent
Onlookers stopped and stared at the marchers as they lifted signs and bellowed chant after chant across the College’s campus. On Sept. 18, students joined forces and voices to protest against slut-shaming and victim-blaming for the annual Slut Walk. The College held its first Slut Walk in 2011, and the protest has become an annual event on campus. This year, the group of participants — both men and women — gathered on the steps of Green Hall before the walk began. Rebecca Melton, a sophomore English and secondary education dual major who organized the event, asked them to close their eyes and raise their hand if they were or knew someone who was a victim of sexual violence or harassment. Then they opened their eyes — almost every hand was raised. “(The Slut Walk) is a space to let out all your frustration with the current systems and current prejudices in place, especially on campus-wide levels,” Melton said. “This is a place where you can go, ‘that sucks. I want to do something about that. I want people to know I’m angry.’” Hosted by the Women in Learning and Leadership see PROTEST page 14
‘Impractical Jokers’ comedian visits College By Mary DiRienzo Correspondent Kendall Hall buzzed with excitement on Sept. 17, as students stood in line for hours to see America’s favorite cat-hating, germophobe comedian, Sal Vulcano. Tru TV’s mega hit show “Impractical Jokers” is a staple in many college students’ show rotations. The four jokers — Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James “Murr” Murray and Brian “Q” Quinn — have used their fame to branch off into their own platforms and passions. As part of CUB’s fall comedy show, Vulcano came to the College to showcase his passion for stand-up comedy and leave students in side-splitting laughter. The night opened with Chris DeStefano, a Long Island comedian who had the room in tears by connecting with the audience’s college experience. Vulcano’s portion of the show began with roaring applause as he took the stage. From stories of breaking up with a girl because she only ate flax seeds to having the belief as a child that moths were going to take over the Earth because of his grandparents’ obsession with moth balls, he sent the audience into a fit of laughter over his relatable, observational humor on seemingly ordinary situations. The highlighted joke of the evening went right into Vulcano’s niche of being paranoid 24/7. Being a child of the 1980s, he was afraid of Gloria Estefan’s hit, “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” — he
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Vulcano brings laughter to the students. literally feared that the rhythm was going to get him. After a spooky reading of Estefan’s lyrics “at night when you turn off all the light...no place to hide...the rhythm is gonna get’cha,” Vulcano was so afraid of these lyrics his mother would use the “rhythm” to scare his sister and him into behaving. Vulcano also talked about his wild ride on “Impractical Jokers,” which he used to tie in different strands of humor. Editorial / page 9
Lions’ Plate Homemade guacamole makes for healthy snack See Features page 15
Sophomore special education and elementary education dual major Hudson Waller said that students across the board appreciated his efforts to talk to the audience and connect with them. “He would talk to audience members a lot, and kind of build off of their reactions,” Waller said. “So, for example, if someone didn’t laugh at a joke he would poke fun at them. It felt more like comedic discussion because he based his humor on
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how the crowd was feeling. He was telling a lot of jokes about New Jersey and things that really connected to our age group.” Students agreed that for a Tuesday night, the show was an enjoyable way to spend their time. “The energy was wild,” Waller said. “Everyone was so hyped to see Sal. When someone that’s that well-known and beloved among this age demographic comes in, the energy becomes insane.”
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“Dancing with the Stars” Premiere The 28th season comes with changes See A&E page 17
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Field Hockey Women’s team remains undefeated See Sports page 20
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Alumni offer business students career advice September 25, 2019 The Signal page 3
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Left: Wunder addresses the crowd. Right: Kasper provides his expertise from working in the industry. By Isabel Vega News Editor Two alumni took the stage in Mayo Concert Hall on Sept. 18 to address business majors with some honest career advice. The College’s School of Business hosted the talk, where George Wunder (’94) and Darrel Kasper (’93) highlighted leadership, values and the importance of being forthright. Kasper, who graduated with a degree in business administration and a concentration in finance, told students he has been working in the business world for 25 years, 15 of those being in sales operations. “Each and everyone of you has an equal chance of making your career,” Kasper said to the crowd. Wunder, who also studied finance at the College, told students of the importance of public speaking when having to stand up and present to a room filled with people. “The most important thing from a skills based standpoint is public speaking,” he said. Wunder also labeled teamwork, project management and leadership as critical skills necessary to being successful in the business industries. He also believes micro and
macroeconomics are the most beneficial courses offered to business majors at the College. Kasper then discussed the necessity of obtaining a master’s degree. “Before going to grad school, ask yourself if your field needs a grad school degree,” Kasper said. He also touched on the right timing to further one’s education.“ The best time to go to grad school is three to five years after you graduate, so you have work experience,” Kasper said. Wunder expressed the importance of being smart on the internet and told students that the way they present themselves online matters. Wunder also believes that GPAs should start with a three, not two or four. “Employers want to know that you’re human,” he said. In giving tips on interviews, Kasper told students always to bring copies of resumes to demonstrate their preparedness. Kasper also told students to be well-versed on the company for which they are interviewing. “You don’t need to know everything, but at least know the basic information,” he said. Kasper said that equal respect is key when stepping into any office setting.
“Everyone you talk to is worthy of your respect,” he said. When it comes to growth in people’s careers, Wunder said that the world in which an individual works the same job for 40 years and retires is over. Kasper told students not to get caught up in their titles, saying that they constantly need to be themselves and to reach out to future colleagues proactively. Wunder also touched upon corporate meetings and emails, suggesting that students make them short and to the point. “No one likes to read long emails or sit in meetings, so make them efficient.” Students took the alumni’s advice well, especially freshman marketing major Andres Moreira, who felt that being forthright in business is vital. “Never would I have thought that something as simple as ending a meeting early or making sure my presentation is not boring could benefit me in a multitude of ways,” Moreira said. To wrap up, Kasper gave students some advice on choosing their career paths. “Don’t ever compromise your values and beliefs,” he said. “If you’re uncomfortable with your job, leave it. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Figure out what motivates you and makes you happy.”
Law / President joins institutions in defending Dreamers
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Foster hopes the College can continue to support those affected by DACA.
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“The wisdom in this is to say, ‘we’re not telling you what to do, but get together and take action on this,’” Foster said. “Because the uncertainty is a crisis for teachers and nurses
and engineers and students and families.” According to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, DACA affects approximately 700,000 people in the U.S. ACE stated in a Sept. 16 press release that this past June, an updated version of the
Dream Act — which would assist young, undocumented immigrants in moving toward citizenship — passed through the House of Representatives, but not the Senate. In her campus-wide email, Foster wrote that the Supreme Court will review lowercourt DACA cases at the request of the Department of Justice. The Court’s next term begins in October. The letter referenced the institutions’ understanding that the Supreme Court will soon review cases. In signing the letter, Foster hopes that leaders in Congress will work together to find a solution for DACA. “The reason (for the letter’s writing style) is to not take a position, per se, because that alienates people right now, but rather to say, ‘we’re counting on you to work together,’” she said. This past June, The Washington Post reported that in hearing arguments later this year, the Supreme Court will determine whether the Trump administration had a legal rationale to end DACA. According to Foster, courts have had mixed findings of the legality of Trump’s decision and the program’s outcome would depend on future legislation. She noted that if the Supreme Court were to find that the administration did not have the right to cancel the program, a clear path to citizenship would still not be in place. “If the Supreme Court says they did have the right to cancel, then we now have a … DACA legislation that people have been … working under … and it does put into question the ability of people to stay in the United States,” she said. Foster said that she supports DACA and
that the College has stood by the program since former President Barack Obama signed it into law in 2012. “(I am) a supporter of Dreamers and a supporter of our students and of any student in this country getting that education,” she said. “That is emphatic about where I stand.” Some students favored Foster’s decision to sign. Dylan Lembo and Giovanna Rubino, both of whom are junior communication studies majors, spoke in support of the program. “We’re all Americans, we all have a right to make these big moves for institutions, and (Foster) runs an institution with a lot of people from different backgrounds,” Lembo said. Rubino said she supported DACA, noting the children’s inability to decide for themselves in where they go. “...Children who are immigrants should have the opportunity for education,” Rubino said. “Everybody deserves an opportunity, especially where they don’t have control over their decisions.” With the uncertainty of DACA’s future, Foster hopes that Dreamers on campus will know that the College supports them. “All the services, all of our supports are available to (Dreamers),” she said. “There’s no difference. We don’t know who DACA students are … that’s not something we ask. We don’t challenge people as citizens. That’s not a question that comes up for us.” In co-signing with the other institutions, Foster stands by the program as the letter goes to Congress and the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments. “I will say that the Supreme Court making a decision that we can continue to have DACA would be a really good outcome,” she said.
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SG welcomes newly elected members
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Left: Student listen to proposals. Right: The general body announces new staff policies. By Caroline King Staff Writer Student Government held its third meeting of the year on Sept. 18 in the Education Building Room 115, its first since the Student Government elections took place. The meeting started with the approval of minutes and open floor agenda items, including the fact that newly elected members, who will not be sworn in until the fourth meeting, would still be allowed to vote. While no new bills were introduced at the meeting, several bills that had been introduced the week prior were voted on. The first bill was B-F201901, which would allow for the
creation of a judiciary board and recall proceedings for SG members. This would entail the ability to impeach or recall, and therefore remove, members of SG holding elected positions. The bill would be to make sure members of the general body were held accountable. The bill did not pass, as it received less than the three-fourths vote it would need to amend SG’s constitution. Unless the same bill undergoes significant changes, it is not allowed to be brought to the floor again. In conjunction with the previous bill, B-F2019-02 was introduced to the floor for a vote. As stated within the bill, the judiciary board will be responsible
for bringing forth charges of impeachment so that when the case is presented to the general body, it is for a vote for recall or removal of office. As newly elected members exercised their right to abstain from voting, if they did not feel that they had enough information, this, along with “No” votes, led to the bill not passing. Another bill, B-F2019-03, deals with clarifying the legislation process, and would build off of a procedure SG already has—that commendations must go through the General Assembly. Commendations are described as being resolutions, but pertaining to a specific person on campus.
These initiatives would then be sent to the vice president for Student Services, who will meet with the relevant sponsors to offer structural and formatting suggestions. An initiative needs a simple majority vote to be passed in the general body. Ultimately, the bill became the first to pass during the meeting with a simple majority vote. The next bill, B-F2019-04, builds on the structures and necessities involved in initiative proceedings mentioned within the previous bill, B-F2019-03. It became the second to pass during the meeting. The final bill introduced for a vote, B-F2019-05, deals with Title IX training for faculty advisors of unrecognized
organizations on campus. This would be a preliminary action done on the part of the faculty advisor, in order for the organization to present itself to the Governmental Affairs Committee and subsequently receive approval to be a recognized organization on campus. The bill passed, leading to the completion of Old Business, or bills brought forth the week prior to be voted on in this meeting. The meeting continued with elected SG members’ various Cabinet Reports, which included a vote on the design for Homecoming shirts. The swearing-in of new elected members will take place at the next SG meeting today.
Vital Signs: Finding time to work out Student reports vandalized bicycle Campus Police respond to intoxication By Jennifer Somers Photo Editor
Dumbells have many uses in exercise.
By Victoria Giardina Columnist
College is a juggling act for students — in between the somewhat chaotic circus, people try to squeeze in time for exercise. If your day seems like it just has one thing after the next, here are tips for quick workouts that you can practice from the comfort of your dorm. Invest in Dumbbells Dumbbells are the perfect tool for strength training. Not only do various dumbbell exercises tone your body, but they also help strengthen your core and reduce lower back pain, according to SELF. Bicep curls aren’t the only exercise you can do — YouTube has tons of exercise videos you can practice for a short 10-minute workout or a longer 30-minute one. Whichever you decide, dumbbells surely will not disappoint.
Adopt a Good Stretching Routine There’s nothing worse than going to the gym and skipping a pre- and post-workout stretch. Fitness Magazine advises stretching your muscles before physical activity to prepare yourself, improve your posture and prevent injury. For extra motivation, create a pre-workout stretch playlist. A routine will eliminate muscle tightness and motivate you to develop a personal workout pattern to follow. Make a Personalized Workout Schedule There’s something about writing things down and crossing them off your to-do list. You don’t have to run a half-marathon at the gym every day — craft a workout plan that fits in well with your classes and other responsibilities. Exercising should be personalized and fun, but the most important thing to do is listen to your body.
Student reports intoxicated female in Travers Hall On Sept. 15 at approximately 2:58 a.m., Campus Police was dispatched to the T-Dubs lobby area in Travers Hall on a report of an intoxicated female. The police were met by two individuals, both of whom are students at the College. Campus Police observed that the intoxicated student was alert and conscious, holding a plastic trash bag into which she had vomited. The police asked the student if she had consumed any alcoholic beverages that evening, to which she stated she had. However, she was uncertain as to how many alcoholic beverages she consumed. According to the witness, she notified Campus Police for help immediately after discovering the intoxicated female student in the lobby area of T-Dubs. TCNJ EMS arrived on the scene to treat and evaluate the student’s condition. The witness notified TCNJ EMS of the medications the suspect was taking at the time. The suspect was unaware that she should not be consuming alcoholic beverages while taking said medications.
Shortly afterward, the College’s Professional Staff On-Call Residence Life Director arrived on the scene to document the incident. The intoxicated student signed a refusal of medical attention form. Per the New Jersey 9-1-1 Lifeline Legislation Act, since the witness contacted Campus Police for help, the intoxicated student was not cited for possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under the legal age. Student reports vandalism of bicycle On Sept. 15 at approximately 3:50 p.m., Campus Police was dispatched to its headquarters on a report of criminal mischief. Upon arrival, Campus Police met with the student, who stated she parked and locked her bicycle on the bike rack in front of her residence building the previous Friday evening. She stated that she did not use the bicycle all weekend, and then at 2 p.m. on Sept. 15, she noticed her bike sustained damage. The front wheel was slightly bent, the bicycle frame had scratches, the break mechanism was not functional and the basket was no longer attached to the front, according to the Campus Police report.
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College unveils new Recovery and Wellness suite
Left: The entrance is located in the Recreation Center hallway. Right: New chairs and couches are in the CRC Recovery lounge. By Len La Rocca News Editor Located in the Recreation Center, The Recovery and Wellness Suite had its grand opening on Sept. 18 in an effort to expand the College’s range of student wellness. Mark Forest, the assistant vice president for Health and Wellness and the director of Mental Health Services, has a vision for the new wellness suite to be one stop for all kinds of recovery. “We really want it to become sort of a centralized hub for students to be able to come hang out, get information (and)
resources,” Forest said. “We are broadening … the definition of recovery to include mental health, drug and alcohol, physical kind of ailments and so forth — virtually anyone who is recovering from something.” According to Forest, students going through any sort of trauma will be able to seek refuge in the new suite — a safe haven for recovery. The suite includes couches and pictures of nature. “It’s kind of a centralized space for a lot of the health and wellness programs. We never really had our own space to do that,” Forest said. “We had to find space somewhere on campus and
… space is at a premium here. So we are thrilled to actually have our own space.” The space used for the suite was once airspace for a racquetball room. Instead of the clamor of a fierce racquetball session, soothing ideas on how best to help students in recovery will reverberate between minds dedicated to creating healthy lifestyles. The suite has three parts: a main seminar area, a physician’s check-up room and a lounge for the Collegiate Recovery Program. The main seminar room will hold several interactive events throughout the week, such as a
brown-bag lunch seminar to discuss mental health. These seminars will be held on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. The College’s own suicide hotline, in collaboration with Mercer CONTACT, will operate out of the suite as well. Over 30 students have already started training and the program will be offered every semester. “Once they’re done, they will volunteer for four-hour shifts and they will man the phones,” Forest said. In between the main seminar area and the CRC lounge will be offices where recreation and wellness staff members will work.
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This expansion on mental health procedures is from a New Jersey state grant valued at close to $1 million, according to Forest. “I’m really glad to see that they’ve gotten this recent grant that let them (build) these offices,” said Alex Holzman, the administrative assistant in the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The suite is only the beginning for the new hub for mental health recovery on campus. “We are going to be all kinds of different events and programming so keep your eyes and ears open,” Forest said.
SFB funds ACM retreat, motivational speaker event Board raises special appropriation threshold to $500 By Ian Krietzberg Staff Writer The Student Finance Board fully funded two organizations and partially funded two others at its meeting in the Brower Student Center Room 104 on Sept. 18. Members of the Association for Computing Machinery requested $500 for their 2019-2020 eboard retreat. The event in question was an escape room in Princeton, which is set to take place on Oct. 13. The goal of the retreat is to bring “members closer together,” according to the official SFB agenda, and would be the first ever retreat that ACM members would be able to attend. The event was funded $300 for the escape room fees and taxes. The additional $200 request for food costs was tabled pending discussion with the organization’s SFB liaison. Board members then discussed the base budget for Delta Sigma Pi. The fraternity was requesting $2,000 to bring a motivational speaker to campus on Oct. 15 in the Brower Student Center Room 225. The date of the event has yet to be determined. The organization additionally requested $500 for its five-day professional
week, which is set to take place Feb. 10 through Feb. 14 in the Business Building. SFB fully funded both events. The Student Chemistry Association was fully funded $98.50 for supplies for its Community Fest Science Demo, which occurred on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. at the College’s football field by Trenton Hall. The Healing Arts Organization requested $30 for printing allowances and $39 for canvases. SFB did not fund its request for printing allowances, but funded the request for canvases. HAO was also funded $63 for food and supplies for its Paper Marbling event, which took place on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in the Education Building room 206. In addition, HAO requested $52, $118.86 and $96.50 for its “Coil Pot Making” event, its “Self Care with Bob Ross” event and its “Draw with Us” event, respectively. The events will take place on Nov. 12 in the Education Building Room 206, Dec. 6 with the location to be announced and Oct. 22 in the Education Building Room 206, respectively. The meeting concluded with the board voting to raise the threshold to approve special appropriations to $500. The threshold was previously capped at a total of $400.
Members fully fund CSA.
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Nicaragua denies peace mission entry into capital By Sarah Adamo Staff Writer
The Nicaraguan government denied a five-person commission from the Organization of American States entry into the capital of Managua on Sept. 14, Reuters reported. OAS wanted the peace mission to reach the country on Sept. 16 to facilitate the end of a political crisis in Nicaragua that has caused major internal divisions. Reuters reported that demonstrations erupted against the country’s government in April 2018, with citizens hoping to counter Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s projected reductions to welfare benefits. Ortega perceived the protests as an “illegal plot by adversaries to oust him,” according to Reuters. Furthermore, The Associated Press reported that the scope of the political clash has widened — the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights found that over 325 people have been killed in an attempt by the government to stop protests. To escape from the turmoil, thousands of Nicaraguans have exiled to San José, Costa Rica, according to The Guardian. With capacity already overstretching, it will be difficult to formalize all the claims of the citizens wishing to relocate. “‘It’s a slow but sure death if I continue (in San José),’” said Dr Estrada, an unemployed Nicaraguan living in exile, according to The Guardian. “‘I don’t want to die in exile without seeing my family again. Ortega is destroying us.’” Ricardo Pineda, who worked as a doctor at a private clinic in Managua before fleeing the country, told The Guardian some of the atrocities that civilians face. “‘Some people come (to San José) badly wounded, many raped,’” said, according to The Guardian. “‘The government uses rape as a weapon
of war. Nicaraguan exiles have major psychological problems.’” According to Havana Times, OAS consists of diplomats from the U.S., Argentina, Canada, Jamaica and Paraguay. The organization was established this past June at a general assembly convened in Medellin, Colombia. Before the rejection from Nicaragua’s government, the commission planned to open dialogue with government representatives, the Civic Alliance, the National Unity movement, loved ones of political prisoners and murder victims in the Nicaraguan crisis, Havana Times reported. In addition, Havana Times reported that the commission’s arrival could have meant freedom for the over 120 political opponents imprisoned under the Ortega administration. As of now, no progress on this issue has been made. “‘It’s airtight, we don’t know anything, we don’t have communication
Ortega responds to the nationwide backlash.
at all,’” said the uncle of political prisoner Jaime Navarrete, according to Havana Times. Despite the setbacks, OAS is resolute in the continuation of its work. Despite great censorship within the country, Nicaraguans have been directing its further plans. According to The
Guardian, former Ortega ally Rafael Solís preceded the commission in his calls for a peace mission. “‘Violence will not solve this crisis,’” Solís told The Guardian. “‘We need dialogue. But Ortega has to free all political prisoners. We need to be patient.’”
Saudi oil field bombing escalates tensions
The Houthi rebel movement claims responsibility for the attack. By Ian Krietzberg Staff Writer
oil infrastructure,’” burst into flames as a result of drone and missile strikes, The Guardian reported. Early in the morning on Sept. 14, the The Iran-backed Houthi rebel moveKhurais Saudi oil field and the Abqaiq ment, which is at the center of the Yemen Saudi processing facility, which oil and conflict against Saudi Arabia, claimed regas analyst Homayoun Falakshahi said sponsibility for the attack, which further make up the “‘heart of Saudi Arabia’s escalated the world’s worst humanitarian
crisis, according to The New York Times. Despite this claim, the U.S. government was quick to blame Iran, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo taking to Twitter shortly following the attack, despite a lack of “published evidence on the origin of the weekend attack,” according to CNN. “Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply,” Pompeo tweeted. “There is no evidence the attack came from Yemen. We call on all nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks. The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression.” A day later, with no further evidence concerning the origins of the attack, President Donald Trump tweeted as well, corroborating Pompeo’s claims and notably creating the possibility of open warfare. “Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked,” the president wrote. “There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on
verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!” The Guardian reported that at a Sept. 17 press conference, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, took the long-awaited prospect of negotiation with the U.S. off the table. “‘If America takes back its words and repents and returns to the Nuclear deal, which they have violated, they can take part in the meetings of signatories to this agreement with Iran,’” Khamenei said, according to The Guardian. The attack caused oil prices to skyrocket, initially jumping 20 percent after the attacks, according to BBC. In response, Trump allowed for oil to be released from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, if necessary, in a large enough amount to supply markets, according to Reuters. As a result of Trump’s authorization to tap into U.S. reserves, oil prices have decreased, now up only 10 percent instead of 20, according to The Guardian.
Border wall construction begins in southern Arizona By Owen Davidson Staff Writer
On Sept. 12, The Guardian reported that construction of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico has begun in southern Arizona. Construction teams have started building a 30-foot-tall section of the wall in the state’s Organ Pipe Cactus national monument. According to The Guardian, the wall is part of the 175 miles of barrier expansion along the U.S.-Mexico border being financed by a diversion of $3.6 billion in funds from military construction projects. CBS reported that the Organ Pipe Cactus wall will replace 15-foot-tall fences with walls twice their size. The wall will feature flood lights to brighten the surrounding areas. The new construction plan will replace nearly 44 miles of existing “pedestrian and vehicle fencing” with 30-foottall steel bollards. The wall passes through a nearby wildlife refuge, according to CBS. Some lawmakers and environmental activists have said that the wall will “cut wildlife off from already-scarce desert water sources” and “threaten animals’ ability to flee natural disasters like floods and wildfires.” According to USA Today, President Donald Trump’s administration may face issues concerning “lawsuits from
landowners who aren’t giving up their property,” as well as environmentalists who say the barriers stop animals from migrating and can cut off sources of water. The 44-mile-long wall will pass through three federally protected lands — the Organ Pipe wilderness, the Cabeza Prieta national wildlife refuge and San Pedro Riparian national conservation area, which includes “the location of Arizona’s last free-flowing river,” according to The Guardian. “‘Pumping water out of the desert at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, on federally protected land, to support this project is a crime against the American spirit and will do lasting damage to a national treasure,’” Raúl Grijalva, D-Arizona, told The Guardian via email. Additionally, Kevin Dahl of the National Parks Conservation Association told The Guardian that the border lights will create light pollution, and that the wall itself could be putting endangered species at risk. The Department of Homeland Security, which has authority over the construction, has the power to waive any laws passed by environmental agencies as to “ensure expeditious construction” of the wall, according to The Guardian. The Trump Administration has waived numerous federal laws, “including the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act” in order to “construct barriers in protected areas in every southern border state.”
The barrier is potentially hazardous to wildlife.
CBS reported on Aug. 29, around the time the construction had begun, that “waivers have been used to fast-track construction of border barriers and fencing 18 times since 2005, including 13 times under the Trump administration alone.” According to USA Today, the president and his administration said that they plan on building between “450 and 500 miles of fencing along the nearly 2,000-mile border by the end of 2020.”
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People should look beyond dating apps
In college, it’s hard enough finding a relationship when you’re already busy balancing your academic studies with other responsibilities, which is exactly why dating apps like Tinder and Bumble are so popular among college students. In retrospect, dating apps give us the opportunity to fill that little gap that we think we’re missing in our lives, and it has the ability to temporarily satisfy our needs. However, these apps aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. These apps we are accustomed to and depend on serve as an opening for us to filter our lives in a manner that is arrant subterfuge. We strive to manifest a life we wish we had and a face we wish we wore. In order to achieve this, we pose with friends to prove we are not alone. We stand in front of places to confirm our adventurous aesthetic. We whiten our teeth, reconfigure our curves, eliminate any signs that allude to our humanity and do whatever it takes to present the “best” version of ourselves. I can’t say that I’m not guilty of this, which is why I use the collective “we” and “us.” There’s always this persistent tap on the back, this sharp whisper in the ear, this suffocating weight that urges us to appear and to be seen as perfect. A lot of the times, the perception of college students depends on these dating apps, as well as on social media apps because they serve as outlets for them to seek validation from their peers, such as receiving likes, follows, comments and matches. Moreover, some of us depend on a constant flow of support and the ones that do not obtain it may question their value. And while some question their value, others will try to de-value the people they see on their screens. A lot of the times, I’ve seen college students be very shallow with people they choose to communicate with on these apps. They will only permit themselves to talk to someone who is sexy, athletic and tall to meet the other person’s “standards.” I understand that it’s OK for us to have standards about who we are attracted to, as everyone in this world does. However, we have become so acculturated to only focusing on what rests on the surface. It has gotten to the point where some have tossed manners and chivalry into the garbage. We make unfair judgments every day based on appearance and we barely give time to actually engage in meaningful discourse with the person, other than the traditional prelude of “hey, what’s up?” Everything starts with attraction, but in relationships, that will always fade. However, these dating apps are designed for you to initially judge others based on what they look like. Dating apps can cultivate an environment that demands expectations out of people, such as having sex and/or appearing perfect. Depending on the person, though, these apps can be extremely beneficial and give them the ability to meet someone they genuinely like. Moreover, people might need to reflect on how they are affected by these apps and ask themselves — is this really the best way to connect with people?
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Tinder and Bumble can hinder the development of meaningful relationships.
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“(I am) a supporter of Dreamers and a supporter of our students and of any student in this country getting that education.” — Kathryn Foster College President
“We are organized, we are a unit, and we are TCNJ. We are here and we want to be heard.” — Rebecca Melton Sophomore English and secondary education dual major
“When someone that’s that well-known and beloved among this age demographic comes in, the energy becomes insane.” — Hudson Waller Sophomore special education and elementary education dual major
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Opinions Huffman sentencing shows need for reform ‘Varsity Blues’ scandal reveals unfairness
The ‘Desperate Housewives’ actress arrives at the courtroom for her trial. By Richard Miller Opinions Editor On Sept. 13, “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman became the first parent to receive a jail sentence in the nationwide college admissions scandal, popularly referred to as “Varsity Blues,” that
broke news earlier this year. According to CNN, Huffman, who was caught paying $15,000 to inflate her daughter’s SAT scores, was sentenced to 14 days in jail, a year of supervised release, 250 hours of community service and a $30,000 fine. Now the world is wondering
what will happen to other celebrities caught in the scandal, such as former “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Guiliani. The couple was in legal trouble after it was discovered that the couple had paid the University of South Carolina $500,000 to
allow their daughters to attend, MSN reported. Although these sentencings were seen as a win for the prosecution for holding celebrities accountable, the internet erupted with claims that Huffman’s punishment barely fit the crime. A chain of tweets went viral, highlighting many situations where people of a different race or socioeconomic status were treated with far harsher sentences for smaller offenses. One example comes from a New York public defender, who says her client, an African-American male, was sentenced to 30 days for stealing a loaf of bread. The college admissions scandal is just one of many examples over the years of celebrities getting preferred treatment during their sentences. Other examples include lifestyle guru Martha Stewart and “Real Housewives” star Teresa Giudice getting reduced sentences for their financial related crimes. Today, we see that the U.S. has the largest imprisonment rate in the world, with 2.3 million Americans behind bars.
The extremely high numbers are said to have come from the ‘War on Drugs’ movement in the 1970’s, which led to overall harsher sentences. The numbers don’t lie when it goes to show the racial disparity this has caused. According to the Equal Justice Initiative, the average American only has about 5 percent chance of ending up in prison. That number jumps to 17 percent for Hispanic Americans. The number rises to 33 percent for African-Americans. But race isn’t the only implicit bias we see in the justice system. Socioeconomic status also affects sentencing. According to a Human Rights Watch report, jurisdictions depend on fees and fines in creating revenue. The heavy emphasis on these fees caused a rise in the average amount, which led to a disproportionate burden to those of a lower economic status. The times when those in the limelight do wrong are chances for the justice system to send a message. Unfortunately, more often than not, it’s one that shows a clear bias and discrimination.
Students should use person-first language Respectful words benefit people with disorders By Jane Bowden Managing Editor Anyone who has met me knows I’m passionate about mental health. As a member of the Collegiate Recovery Community, publicist of the Healing Arts Club and writer for my personal discovery and mental health blog, Your Friend Jane, I eat, sleep and breathe mental health every second of every day. It’s from this passion that I’ve developed the know-how on how to talk about sensitive topics like mental health, suicide and substance use disorder by using person-first language. For example, this means saying “person with anorexia” instead of “they’re anorexic.” However, even in today’s society where millions of resources are at our fingertips, many people still fail to talk about these subjects in an inoffensive manner, which can be hurtful to anyone who has mental health issues and can further the stigma. As a result, people who are suffering may be less likely to seek the help they need.
We were raised with the famous saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” — but that just isn’t true. Words do hurt. However, words also have the power to bring people together. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, people should say “died by suicide” rather than “committed suicide,” an insensitive phrase that often relates to committing a murder or sin and discriminates the person who died. People should say also say “person with bipolar disorder” instead of “they’re bipolar” and “person with substance use disorder” instead of “addict” or “drug abuser.” By using person-first language, you are recognizing they’re first and foremost people, not just their disorders and the stigma that often surrounds them. People who have mental disorders and/ or substance use disorder have lives and people who care about them. When we educate ourselves on how to discuss sensitive topics, we make the world a more understanding and welcoming place.
Using politically correct phrases is more sensitive. This means using resources, like NAMI and educated professionals, to learn more about what to say and politely correct those around you who may be using this harmful
language unintentionally. If we all do our part in becoming better educated, we’ll reduce the stigma and save millions of lives.
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Students share opinions around campus
“Should celebrity status change the outcome of a court case?”
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Pierre Mascetti, a sophomore accounting major
“I think celebrities should be treated the same, regardless if they have money or fame, because we’re all humans.”
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Jenna Ingrao, a junior secondary education and English dual major “I think celebrities are treated with a different standard, which is unfair because we should all be equal.”
“Should students use person-first language more often?”
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Bianca Kuzma, a sophomore secondary education and mathematics dual major
“Using the the right words is important. We don’t know everyone’s story or why they made the choices they did.”
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Skylar Kramer, a sophomore public health major
“Yes, we need to be more sensitive to others. You can’t always see what someone is going through.”
The Signal’s cartoon of the week ...
The Chip: Breaking News! College’s WTSR Plays Music, Motivates Student to Invest in Aux Cord By Rasmey Phillips Correspondent Jonathan Skidmore, a junior biology major, recently purchased an auxiliary cord for his 1997 Toyota Corolla.
“Living off campus has been great,” Skidmore said. “But the radio stations around here are absolute garbage.” Skidmore had a brief change of heart in early September when his friend Steven Gordo told him about 91.3 WTSR (“Open your mind!”), the only radio station broadcasting stuttering college students from Kendall Hall. Gordo had told Skidmore to tune in Wednesdays at 4 p.m., when he held his weekly show of unfathomably terrible dance music. A look into WTSR’s private statistics tells us that Gordo’s show has an estimated listenership of
four people, reportedly a 400 percent increase from last semester. Gordo alleges that the massive spike in his program’s popularity comes from his Snapchat story. His stories, which he called an “absolute riot” by his own accord, feature a selfie of Gordo in front of a microphone with the caption “oh shit, haha, im live rn come tune in WTSR yea yupppppppp.” The Chip reached out to WTSR’s faculty advisor via email for an insightful comment on Gordo’s wildly popular program. “Steven’s show is gr eat. Goofd songs
good kid; nice guy. Sent from my iPhone” Despite WTSR’s controversial decision last semester to play B.O.B.’s “Airplanes” on repeat 24/7 as an act of protest against flat earthers, some students have great things to say about the station. “WTSR has been on a hot streak lately,” said freshman Kaylee Onlee. “After they played Tame Impala at the Welcome Week barbecue, I knew they were into underground music like me too!” DISCLAIMER: This is obviously a satirical piece and does not describe a real event.
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Club promotes mental health with art New organization makes debut on campus
Photo courtesy of Mallery Davis-Swing
Students find peace in being creative. By Haley Nakonechny Correspondent
What do Vincent Van Gogh and a college student fingerpainting a sunflower have in common? Both are people who use art as a tool for improving their mental health and expressing themselves. This semester, the College’s Healing Arts Club made its debut
on campus, where the organization strives to promote mental health awareness by creating art in a safe and inclusive space. Offering several events throughout the semester, such as DIY sticker-making and a guided painting class with Bob Ross, the club is full of students with varying majors and artistic talents. Founded by senior biology major Kaley Arnold and senior
interactive multimedia Natalie Walters, the club was created to be a positive outlet for students to express themselves. Inspiration for the club came from Arnold’s and Walters’ love of art and passion for creating more mental health resources on campus. “Art has many therapeutic benefits — it has been shown to decrease stress levels and increase focus,” said Arnold, who is also the club’s president. “When (we) first met on our freshman year floor, we hosted paint nights, which allowed us to meet many different people, allowing for a smoother transition into college. Ultimately, we want to share our love for art and its benefits with others.” Now in their senior year of college, the two friends promote the benefits of art and share them with students at the College in a fun and calming manner. With mental health being such an important aspect of college life, Walters feels that the Healing Arts Club will be a useful addition for students. “Recently the stigma surrounding mental health has started to recede, and people are more comfortable addressing these issues, whether it be formally or
informally,” said Walters, who is the vice president. “Ultimately, we are aiming to create an inclusive environment that gives students a tangible way to blow off steam and destress while expressing themselves.” Although the organization is new on campus, the members have many ideas and aspirations for the club, which they will likely implement in the near future. “Our goals for the club going forward are to host monthly meetings to discuss different topics followed by an art project,” Arnold said. “We hope to continue to form co-sponsorships with other clubs on campus. In
addition, being that this is the club’s first semester at TCNJ, we hope to build a strong foundation so that students can continue to benefit from its mission.” Essentially, the club is striving to create an environment on campus in which anyone can utilize art, no matter their skill level, as a means to encourage a healthy conversation about mental health. “We are very excited to share our love of art with the TCNJ campus and see their love of art reflected back,” Walters said. “More than anything, we are most excited to be a safe space for TCNJ students to feel comfortable expressing themselves.”
Photo courtesy of Mallery Davis-Swing
Members meet up to paint in the Student Center.
Protest / Marchers advocate for breaking stigma
Left: Students hold signs that bring attention to women’s rights. Right: The group walks around campus in demonstation. continued from page 1
and co-sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha, Sigma Sigma Rho and Anti-Violence Initiatives, participants started at Green Hall around 6:30 pm and returned about 20 minutes later after a raucous loop around campus. Slut Walks have proliferated across the country and globe as part of an effort to put an end to rape culture. The movement originated in Toronto, Canada in the aftermath of a police officer’s comment during a safety forum that
“women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” In the backlash that followed, many focused on his invocation of the word “slut” in referring to potential rape victims. Many believed that the officer’s admonishment implied that women who dress a certain way either deserve or are responsible for any sexual assault that they experience. The Slut Walk emerged as a way to reclaim the derogatory term “slut” while protesting against the ubiquitous rape culture that places
the blame on victims for the way they dress rather than on the perpetrators’ actions. Many people in attendance were returning participants. Sophomore history and education dual major Lucy Fleischmann called the Slut Walk that she attended last year a defining moment in her freshman year. “It was really fun to be so open on a college campus,” Fleischmann said. For many of the participants, like freshman biology major Regan Kenia, their first time attending the walk inspired them to continue destigmatizing the word “slut.”
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“Rape culture is a thing that should be acknowledged and not just slipped under the rug, like in some other places,” Kenia said. “I think doing this really gets the word out there.” The Slut Walk ended on the steps of Green Hall, where Melton advised the participants to carry the empowerment and confidence generated by the event into their everyday lives. “We are organized, we are a unit, and we are TCNJ,” Melton said. “We are here and we want to be heard.”
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: Oct. ‘99
People find support for anxiety
Photo courtesy of the TCNJ Digital Archive
Exams and assignments can be overwhelming for students.
Every week, Features Editor Viktoria Ristanovic hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. As we move further in the fall semester, we may feel settled in, but stress can still affect students both physically and mentally, especially as we approach midterms. In an October 1999 issue of The Signal, a reporter wrote about how students at the College managed their triggers of stress. From adjusting to college life to dealing with graduation and applying for first “real” jobs, many students found that the best way to manage stress is to keep a to-do list and practice their time management skills. The coffee is brewing in the lounge, the books are wide open. Eyes are bloodshot with dark circles forming underneath them. You’re worn out, but you can’t be— it’s midterm season. During this time of the semester your classes, job, extracurricular activities and social life become overwhelming. Sleep becomes a luxury, and stress develops. Certainly, stress hits every college student at some point in his life. Freshmen and seniors in particular may be faced with certain types of stress. Freshmen must deal with learning how to adapt to college life, including learning professors’ expectations, new time management skills and juggling classwork with a social life. Seniors may have to deal with stress about graduation, graduate school, their
first “real” job, and relationship decisions. If not dealt with properly, these stresses can lead to stomach problems, tension headaches, anxiety, depression, eating disorders or substance abuse. The American College Health Association said that “negative, excessive stress may be a key element in half of all illnesses, ranging from the common cold to heart disease.” Symptoms can include rashes, elevated blood pressure, perspiration of hands, insomnia, hypersomnia, twitches, chest tightness, stiff neck, anger, irritability, drug or alcohol use, smoking, feeling helpless, worried, inadequate, pressured, exhausted, bored, dissatisfied, tense, having trouble concentrating, or feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. Fortunately, there are ways to help alleviate stress. One way is to just talk to some-one. The American College Health Association recommends letting friends help you when you are under too much stress and then doing the same for them. Releasing some of the tension through a support system can help students cope with the demands and changes faced in everyday life. Some people find strength in their families; many find it in churches, synagogues, service clubs or even support groups.
Left: Pair a crewneck with leggings for a casual look. Right: Biker shorts and a sweatshirt make the perfect fall outfit. By Diana Solano Distribution Manager These days, activewear — like joggers, sneakers and windbreakers — is not only what you wear for a run or workout at the gym, but also on your walk to class. Comfortable and casual, activewear is flattering on any body shape. So if you’re ever debating whether to put on that comfortable oversized sweater or a pair of align shorts, just do it. This trend of activewear started with the rise in popularity of joggers. 1. Joggers These are the perfect pants to wear anywhere you go because they aren’t as tight as leggings and not as loose as sweatpants. Pair them with a t-shirt and sneakers for a comfortable, yet trendy look. The most popular colors for leggings are dark blue, gray, black and white. Besides t-shirts, you can pair joggers with a tank top and throw
Left: Add in garlic and jalapeños for extra flavor. Right: Tortilla chips pair well with the creamy dip. By Elizabeth Casalnova Columnist Guacamole is easily accessible in grocery stores, but it’s served in plastic containers and loaded with tons of excess ingredients. Though premade guacamole is flavorful, making it fresh will amplify the delicious taste of all the ingredients. This guacamole can be served with a side of chips or veggies, or even slathered onto a
on a jean jacket to keep warm. 2. Windbreakers and Crewnecks They’re there to keep you warm while you run or walk to class. Windbreakers are also able to protect you from the rain. When paired with leggings, they can add comfort to your outfit. With the fall season among us, it’s not the time to break out the heavy duty jackets just yet. Crewnecks and windbreakers are lightweight and cozy. 3. Biker Shorts I noticed the trend of pairing biker shorts with an oversized t-shirt or a sweatshirt. I wasn’t a huge fan of this trend until I participated in it myself and realized how cozy and pleasant these shorts were. On days when it’s too warm for leggings, these shorts are a great alternative. You can pair these shorts with a crewneck or windbreaker for some warmth on chillier days. On warmer days, you can pair them with a large t-shirt, high socks and chunky sneakers for a ’90s vibe.
slice of toast with a fried egg on top. Personally, I love this recipe because it incorporates Greek yogurt. This might sound odd for a guacamole dish, but it transforms it into a special rich and creamy dip that anyone would love. The yogurt’s protein and calcium is also a healthy addition. This dish takes a total of five minutes to prepare. It doesn’t require any cooking time, which makes it a quick, easy recipe to enjoy
as a snack.
- Salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper
Ingredients: - 2 medium avocados - 1 tbsp lime juice - 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt - 1/4 cup chopped red onion - 2/3 cup chopped tomatoes - 2 tbsp chopped cilantro - 1 tsp minced garlic - 1 tsp chopped jalapeños
Directions: 1. Cut the avocado in half and carefully remove the pit. 2. Scoop avocado flesh into a mixing bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. 3. Stir in the remaining ingredients. 4. Add salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper to taste. 5. Serve immediately, and enjoy!
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Arts & Entertainment
Sarnoff Collection celebrates Museum Day
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Left: Lepping demonstrates the audio-visual performance. Right: A vintage model of the color TV used by Apollo 15 is autographed by its members. By Lara Becker Arts & Entertainment Editor Smithsonian Magazine’s “Year of Music” found itself inside the walls Roscoe West Hall for its third annual Museum Day on Saturday, Sept. 21. After visitors made their way to the second floor, they were greeted by an audio-visualized demonstration, crafts for kids and tours of “In the Groove: A Century of Sound,” which were all centered at the Sarnoff Collection’s plethora of vintage radio-communication instruments. “It’s a big national celebration. The idea is to bring the ideals of the Smithsonian to other museums across the country. A lot of people participate,” said Sarnoff curator Florencia Pierri. In celebrating, participating museums do their part to make the day free in the spirit of education for all. Although the Sarnoff Collection is always free, Pierri mentioned that people’s participation in Museum Day is a vehicle to showcase some of the world’s finest artifacts. Every year for Museum Day, the Smithsonian establishes a different theme for the festivities. This year, the “Year of Music” honors sound in museums across the country through auditory achievements of all kinds. Senior art education major Shayla Nolan was the first
to greet guests on their way into the exhibits and activities. “I want to go to grad school for museum education, so I got hired here as a student worker, and then I was also hired as a conservation assistant,” Nolan said. Nolan emphasized the importance of Museum Day and the Sarnoff Collection in general as a way for people literally to walk through history. She enjoys learning and being able to pass on the knowledge to others about important artifacts such as wax cylinders, video discs and early televisions. “We also have a video game day, where people can play vintage video games that were developed even before Atari,” Nolan said. In the lobby of the second floor, Kenny Lepping, a senior interactive multimedia major, set up shop to demonstrate a visual representation of sound with a drum kit, computer synthesizers and two flat screen televisions. Lepping worked with his professor and advisor in the IMM department, Teresa Nakra, to organize this project as an independent study in music technology. “I’ve been a drummer for a while—almost 10 years, so I started making music visualizers and using music production software to visualize the sound,” Lepping said. As he explained, Lepping displayed the moving sound waves as they went from the drumstick through the computer and moved pixels on the screen. What ensued were chaotic
colors and shapes that responded to each sound. Lepping created every step of the project himself with the help of synthesizers. “I use different computer programs to connect the video and audio,” he said. Inside the Sarnoff Collection for Museum Day, Pierri gave tours of their featured exhibit, “In the Groove: A Century of Sound,” where visitors can walk through music and sound evolution. “We have our guided tour of our sound exhibit open to the public — ‘In the Groove: A Century of Sound’ — which was perfect for this year because it lined up exactly with the Smithsonian’s theme,” Pierri said. Referring to the multitude of activities in which guests could participate, Pierri also suggested the sound-related activities in the lobby. “Kids can learn how to make their own speakers, and they can make a simple musical instrument to learn how to test pitches,” she said. Reflecting on another successful Museum Day, participants, students and visitors were able to see a different side of technology that started it all. “We’re going from the very start to the peak of everything we have — which is right now,” Nolan said.
Fans rejoice with return of ‘Dancing with the Stars’
Van Der Beek and Emma Slater dance the tango.
By Richard Miller Opinions Editor
What do a Motown legend, a Super Bowl MVP, a former White House press secretary, a country music singer and the most recent star of “The Bachelorette” all have in common? They are all trying to tango their way into America’s heart as the new contestants of this season of “Dancing with the Stars.” After a year-long hiatus, the “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom was back in action on ABC on Sept. 16. The hiatus came after the conclusion of season 27, which caused an intense outcry from fans to change the system for voting and scoring due to radio host Bobby Bones winning, despite being deemed by the fan as one of the lesser-known ‘stars’ and consistently getting the lowest judges scores. In response to the fans’ demands for change, the show underwent massive restructuring, which all started with the big
announcement of a new executive producer, Andrew Llinares, and a complete overhaul of the previous set design, swapping the old black and silver look for a fresh, sleek, Great Gatsby-inspired style. The new gold set has a completely different color scheme and brings back the iconic staircase the celebrities are known for walking down at the beginning of the show. The judges also emphasized they are being tougher and changing the elimination process in a way that has yet to be revealed. Upon the revelation of the cast, there was outrage on social media for casting former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, as fans deemed it inappropriate for him to participate due to his controversial past as a member of President Donald Trump’s administration. Drama ensued with iconic supermodel Christie Brinkley, who initially wasn’t able to compete due to an injury sustained in practice, which led to her daughter, Sailor
Brinkley-Cook, taking her place. The two-hour spectacle wasn’t without its share of twist and turns either. For the first time in the show’s history, the celebrity and professional dance partner pairings were not revealed until the first show. The show kicked off with “Bachelorette” star Hannah Brown performing a cheeky cha-cha-cha to Witney Houston’s hit, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” which head judge Len Goodman described as “crisp, clean and confident.” She performed with precision and accuracy while still having fun, which helped her obtain the secondhighest score of the night. Brown was followed by Kate Flannery, an actress from the hit show “The Office.” Flannery performed a simple cha-cha-cha to the Donna Summer classic “She Work Hard for the Money.” She let her signature humor shine through with a dance that told a comical story. The judges appreciated his energy and spunk she embedded within the dance, but were quick to identify some of the technical issues with the performance. Brinkley-Cook performed an upbeat foxtrot to Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl.” Hers and “Queer Eye” star Karamo Brown’s salsa to Lizzo’s “Juice” were two routines the judges pointed out as having major potential to go far on the show. Two of the biggest surprises of the nights in terms of danceability were former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Supremes co-founder Mary Wilson. Lewis is known for his tough football persona, while Wilson’s age
of 75 makes her the oldest contestant of the season. This did not initially make them on the books as contenders. However, both came out of the gate with an infectious energy that left the judges and audience impressed. It appeared they both enjoyed themselves while moving effortlessly. Both stars danced to songs synonymous with their careers — Lewis to Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” by Nelly and Wilson to the Supremes’ “Baby Love.” The two final performances of the night were perhaps the two most talked about, but also the two furthest in contrast from each other. The penultimate dance was Spicer’s salsa to the Spice Girls tune “Spice Up Your Life.” He performed in a bright neon green blouse, with gigantic ruffles down the sleeves. His dance was stiff, felt forced and lacked any rhythm. To the surprise of few, he received some of the lowest scores of the night, and his shirt went viral on Twitter. The final performance was a tango done by “Dawson’s Creek” actor James Van Der Beek. He received the highest score of the night for a dance that was committed to character, had impressive choreography and had a level of execution that far outweighed the rest. As someone who has been a life-long fan of the show, I was part of those who were critical of last season. After watching this premiere episode, it’s clear the show listened to its fans. It’s making subtle nods to its history while staying fresh with that kitschy charm we’ve grown to love.
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Tool album tops charts after 13-year hiatus
Keenan brings a new style with his vocal talent. By Elliott Nguyen Correspondent Thirteen years after Tool’s last record, the progressive metal phenomenon released its long-awaited fifth album, “Fear Inoculum,” on Aug. 30. The move came shortly after the group added its music to Spotify and before it uploaded music videos for several existing songs. The album contains a regimented structure with relatively short songs that serve as fillers between several 10-minute heavy hitters, such as the title track and opener, along with “Pneuma,” “Invincible,” “Descending,” “Culling Voices” and the album’s 15-minute pseudofinale, “7empest.” The album opens with the eponymous
title track. The song is long, clocking in at 10 minutes and 20 seconds. However, it is likely the worst on the album. The lyrics in “Fear Inoculum,” which are typically one of Tool’s strengths, lack substance. The words are complicated and vague without the band’s usual direct, obvious message. The instrumentation and techniques used are as impressive as on any Tool track, but the instruments and sounds are over-compressed, detracting from the atmospheric background that the band attempts to create with the song. The riffs and melodies throughout the song are largely bland and uninspired, as they sound more like part of an attempt to pay tribute to the band than part of a Tool song itself. The band poorly manages the song’s tension and
climax, leading to an overall unexciting track that has little to look forward to. However, the song is not without its redeeming qualities. Maynard James Keenan, Tool’s vocalist, displays tremendous talent, singing in a style he has not done before. Additionally, this is an album that is clearly meant for fans to listen to all the way through, and when taken in the context of the entire record, “Fear Inoculum” is less of a feature song and more of an intro. Unfortunately, while the track’s vocal experimentation helps lift it up and serves as an intro to the album, it is not enough to make the song any more than mildly enjoyable. The next song, “Pneuma,” retains some of its precursor’s flaws, like overproduction, pacing issues and lyrics. However, the song’s instruments are much more interesting than they are in the title track. The following song, “Litanie Contre la Peur,” is merely a filler song and offers little more than ambient electronic sounds to set an ominous tone to lead into the strongest song on the album, “Invincible.” At 12 minutes and 44 seconds, “Invincible” is the third longest song on the album. “Invincible” opens with an ominous arpeggio-style guitar riff that continues through the first verse while other instruments and ambient sound effects gradually chime in to induce a slow build of tension. Keenan’s voice especially shines in this song, and for the first time on the record, the lyrics match the vocal talent he displays. “Invincible” demonstrates a mastery of expectation, subversion and pacing, which the
title track lacked. Throughout the song, tension builds, only for the tempo to drop back down and build stronger each time. The song finally comes together for the climax with the instrumental mastery of each band member on full display. The rest of the album mostly maintains the same level of writing. “Descending” and “Culling Voices” are both strong tracks. “Chocolate Chip Trip,” the five-minute lead-in before “7empest,” features a long solo from Danny Carey, the band’s world-renowned drummer. The second-to-last track, “7empest,” is intended to be the magnum opus of the record, and mostly achieves that goal. The track features a vocal style Keenan is much more familiar with. Lyrically, “7empest” is one of the strongest songs on the album and references the band’s earlier days. The instruments are all played very well. However, the band poorly manages the climax and ending to the song, leaving listeners somewhat underwhelmed. After “7empest,” the album effectively ends with “Mockingbeat,” a two-minute song that offers little substance. While “Fear Inoculum” suffers from occasional pacing issues, overproduction and a weak opening track, the album as a whole earns its place atop the Billboard charts with a strong middle that will keep listeners hooked. Keenan’s refreshing new vocal style is a bonus, and the album is quite enjoyable when listened to all at once. Tool fans have waited for 13 years, and they will not be let down in the slightest.
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Women’s soccer shuts out Widener By Seva Galant Staff Writer The women’s soccer team managed to pull off another victory on Sept. 18, this time against Widener University. With a 7-0 final score, the team proved its dominant offensive prowess by shutting out the opposition once again. Just five minutes into the game, junior forward Randi Smith launch the corner kick to senior defender Ally DeRiggi to take the lead. The Lions managed to put up four goals before halftime, with scoring done by junior forward Julianna Bertolino, freshman forward Jessica O’Brien and freshman forward Nina Carlson. With a phenomenal effort from the defense, the College was able to keep producing goals as the game progressed. During the second half, junior forward Julia Obst, freshman forward Lindsay O’Keefe and sophomore midfielder Gabriela Barquin were able to push the score to 7-0. Widener was simply outmatched, as it put up two shots and was unable to score any goals, a stark comparison to the seven goals and 35 shots that the College was able to generate. Junior goalkeeper Alexandra Panasonic was able to preserve the shutout with her two saves. The Lions then faced off against Rutgers University-Newark during an in-conference match on Saturday, Sept. 21. Senior midfielder Taylor Nolan led the charge with a shot just outside of the left post to take the lead in the 20th minute. Once again, the Lions’ phenomenal defense completely
Nolan chases down a ball to gain possession.
overwhelmed and suppressed the Rutgers offense. Junior midfielder Kelly Carolan maintained the momentum as she launched the score up to 2-0 just one minute into the second half. From that point on, the team just focused on scoring, as junior forward Juliana Bertolino received a long pass and beat the goalie to make the score 3-0. But the Lions didn’t stop there — they managed to make three more after that, with one from freshman forward Lindsay O’Keefe and two from freshman forward
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Ava Garay. Senior goalkeeper Nicole DiPasquale once again saved the shutout hopes, as she blocked two goals from the net. The College was able to outshoot Rutgers 30-2 over the course of the match in a show of dominance and skill. The team went head-to-head with York College on Monday, Sept. 23, and won the game 1-0. The team returns to the turf on Saturday, Sept. 28, as it takes on Ramapo College.
Football falls 40-16 in Men’s soccer drops fourth-quarter letdown first conference match By Matthew Shaffer Staff Writer The College’s football team fell to St. John Fisher College on Saturday, Sept. 21, by a final score of 40-16. Although it was a beautiful afternoon in Rochester, New York, a poor second half resulted in St. John Fisher spoiling the day for the Lions. After a goal-line stand by the Lions defense, they drove 88 yards on over 16 plays, capped off by a short touchdown run by junior quarterback Andrew Donoghue. The Lions’ next drive was shorter, as they moved 54 yards over eight plays and got in the endzone on a four-yard touchdown catch by senior wide receiver Jack Clevenger. By halftime, the game looked promising for the College, which was up 16-3. The third quarter held some stellar defense by both teams, which led to multiple punts. With just under six minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Lions let up an 18-yard touchdown reception, making the score 16-11. At that point in the game, there had been a missed extra point, an incomplete two-point conversion and a safety in favor of St. John Fisher. It was a peculiar day on the scoreboard, not to mention the 76-yard punt return for a touchdown by St. John Fisher to start off the fourth quarter. The punt return marked seven of 29 points scored by St. John Fisher in the fourth quarter, as the College fell apart in
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Guckin runs with the ball.
the final 15 minutes. Despite accumulating more total yards and leading through three quarters, the Lions were crushed in the second half, surrendering 35 unanswered points. Despite the loss, one bright spot for the College was its receivers’ performances, as senior wide receiver Vinny Guckin had a career-high 15 catches for 165 yards, while Clevenger added 94 yards over eight catches and a touchdown. On the defensive end, the Lions recorded a couple of sacks and forced a turnover courtesy of sophomore linebacker James Mele. The Lions will rest up on their bye next week before getting back in action on Oct. 5 against William Paterson University.
By Ann Brunn Staff Writer The men’s soccer team improved to 7-1 on the season with a win over Drew University on Sept. 18 at Lions’ Stadium. The Lions scored first in the 19th minute when junior midfielder Sam Monaco sent a header to junior defenseman Matthew Nastarowicz, who punched it in to give the Lions a 1-0 lead. The goal was Nastarowicz’s second of the season. The College capitalized on the Drew goalkeeper being out of position, as freshman forward Justin Dominique connected on a pass to junior midfielder Kevin Esteves, who netted the ball to stretch the Lions’ lead to 2-0. Esteves’ score in the 29th minute marked the third straight game he’s found the back of the net. The Lions held control of the tempo
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Dominique looks to head a ball.
for the first half, outshooting Drew 8-3. In the 68th minute, Drew made the match interesting by scoring and cutting the Lions’ lead in half, but this was as close as it would get. Monaco fended off a last-second pass from the Drew goalkeeper by heading the ball out of play, thus sealing the win for the Lions. Junior goalkeeper Daniel Mecadon made a pair of key saves in the net for the Lions, earning the victory. The Lions opened New Jersey Athletic Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 21, with a 2-1 loss to Rutgers University-Newark. The loss set the overall record for the Lions to 7-2, and 0-1 in conference play. Rutgers-Newark scored first in the 41st minute, but the Lions tied the game quickly in the second half when senior midfielder Michael Maltese connected on a penalty kick, marking his second goal of the year. Junior midfielder Kevin Esteves had a shot on goal in the 57th minute, but it was deflected by the Rutgers-Newark goalkeeper. Rutgers-Newark regained the lead in the 60th minute and would hold it for the rest of the match. The Lions had three opportunities to score with shots by Dominique, Monaco and sophomore Ryan Santos, but the Rutgers-Newark goalkeeper saved them all. The men return home tonight at 6:30 p.m., where they will face non-conference opponent, Stevens Institute of Technology. On Saturday, Sept. 28, they will resume NJAC play at Ramapo College.
Women’s tennis competes in ITAs, ends fall season on high note By Christine Houghton Sports Editor
From Saturday, Sept. 21 until Monday, Sept. 23, the women’s tennis team traveled to William Smith College to participate in the ITA Northeast Regional Tournament. The first day of competition was very successful for the team, which posted a 5-3 singles record and a 5-1 doubles record. The team advanced freshman Charlotte Roarty and sophomore Liya Davidov in singles play. In doubles play, Davidov and sophomore Katrine Luddy also advanced, along with Roarty and freshman Lenny Landells. Davidov entered the tournament at the fifth seed and proved dominant throughout the day, winning her opening round in two sets and the next round in three. In the day’s third match, Davidov won in three sets yet again. Roarty also had a successful day, as it was almost identical to Davidov’s. She won her first match in two sets, the second match in three and took the set superbreaker to win the day. Freshman Alexa Vasile, sophomore Julia Yoon and Luddy also had successful days, but were not able to advance. The doubles team of Davidov and Luddy earned its first tournament victory by default, but came ready to play for round two. The match ended in an 8-2 victory, which sent them to the semifinals. Landells and Roarty won their two matches easily, 8-3 and 8-5, to advance to the semifinals as well. Freshman Anusha Rangu and Vasile also put forth a valiant effort in doubles, but were unable to advance.
On the second day of play, the College finished the day 5-5 in singles competition and 5-3 in doubles. Unfortunately, this was the last day of play for the Lions. Davidov put up a strong performance in her singles play, but fell in two sets, ending her fall season 8-2. Roarty fell in an identical scenario, ending her fall season 8-1 in singles play.
In doubles, Davidov and Luddy fought hard, but eventually fell in an 8-6 match, ending Davidov’s fall season 11-3 and Luddy’s 11-2. Landells and Roarty fell in an 8-2 match, ending Landells’ fall season 10-3 and Roarty’s 10-4. The team returns to the court for the ITA Cup, a three-day tournament from Oct. 17 until Oct. 19.
Yoon high-fives a teammate after a successful volley.
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Lions stay undefeated XC runs in Open By Seva Galant Staff Writer
The women’s field hockey team managed to end Gwynedd Mercy University’s winning streak, winning in a 6-0 shutout on Sept. 17. The No. 5 Lions managed to generate an astounding 23 shots and six goals throughout the game, while Gwynedd Mercy was only able to put up one shot. The team’s defense was strong and the offense was overwhelming, and Gwynedd Mercy was unable to respond. The scoring began with senior forward Kayla Peterson blasting a shot off from the corner, followed by senior forward Tori Hannah scoring back-to-back goals and Tori Tiefenthaler finding an opportunity in the back of the net. Using that upward momentum that they’ve accumulated throughout the season, the Lions launched into the game and continued to push the pace so much that Gwynedd Mercy couldn’t keep up. Senior forward Cayla Andrews managed to find another opportunity after the half to pile even more on the score. Senior goalkeeper Maddie Beaumont also managed to receive defensive credit with an interception of a long pass that could have broken the shutout.
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With this game under its belt, the College furthered its position in the conference and hopes to improve its seed before championship play begins. On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Lions went up against Salisbury University and came out victorious with a 4-2 score. For the first time in their 2019 season, the team was offensively outmatched by the opposition. However, senior goalkeeper Maddie Beaumont managed to protect the goal 10 times, leaving only two goals on the board for Gwynedd Mercy. Once again, the College was able to triumph over an undefeated team, as it diminished Salisbury’s record to 6-1. Senior forward Kayla Peterson initiated the momentum off a penalty shot deflection to find the goal. Salisbury responded relatively quickly, putting the team in a two-on-one pinch to tie up the game. Andrews found the goal off an assist from junior midfielder Samantha Reed, while Hannah increased the lead by two following that score. Andrews secured the win by putting the Lions up by three goals, protecting the College’s victory. The team takes to the field again on Oct. 3, as it travels to Ursinus College.
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The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the Osprey Open at Stockton University on Saturday, Sept. 21. The women’s team placed seventh out of 21 teams in the 6-kilometer event. Junior Marykate Bailey led the charge for the Lions, coming in 15th place overall with a time of 25:13:34. Seniors Hailey Bookwalter and Ryann Reagan finished in 30th and 33rd, respectively, with times of 23:51:79 and 26:00:41. Freshman Jenna Priore came in 42nd with a time of 26:20:31, while sophomore Brittany
Schofield rounded out the placements for the Lions with a 46th-place finish. The men finished sixth out of 21 teams in their race. Freshmen Mark Koerner and Steven Mendez placed 18th and 19th, crossing the finish line at 27:12:12 and 27:15:42, respectively. Senior Richard Gruters finished in 28th place with a time of 27:29:45, while sophomore Gabriel Calandri and freshman Tyler Balas rounded out the standings for the Lions by respectively finishing in 45th and 48th place. Both teams will head to SUNY Geneseo on Saturday, Sept. 28 to compete in the Mike Woods Invitational.
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Bailey works her way to 15th place overall in the 6-kilometer race.
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