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Peck ‘found a way’ into students’ hearts
Vol. XLVII, No. 6
October 4, 2017
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By Michelle Lampariello News Editor
A sold-out crowd greeted “Drake & Josh” star Josh Peck, as students wondered which of his iconic catchphrases the child actor-turned movie and YouTube star would drop, from “Hug me brotha!” to “The cooliest!” But when Peck walked on stage to greet the audience, he led with one more tailored to students at the College. “Allow me to start by saying ‘Fuck Rider,’ am I right?” Peck said. Before Peck could be met with deafening cheers as he began his lecture, a line of shivering students stretched from the main entrance of Kendall Hall to the library on Saturday, Sept. 30. While about 830 students were granted the chance to see Peck, over a hundred were turned away due to the unexpected demand of College Union Board’s annual Fall Lecture. “I got on line at 6:50 (p.m.) and waited online until 7:50 (p.m.) before they turned us away, so I waited an hour for nothing,” said Melissa Weiss, a sophomore elementary education and mathematics double major. “I probably should’ve shown
Peck recites iconic ‘Drake & Josh’ lines for the audience.
up earlier if I wanted to get in, so it’s definitely on me for missing the show, but I was still disappointed.” For students who were fortunate enough to get a seat in the theater, Peck provided a night of laughter
and nostalgia, accompanied by moderator Max Falvey, a junior communication studies major and CUB live event coordinator. Before Falvey began to interview him, Peck noticed a peculiar
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figure in the audience: a large Oprah cutout poster. Crafted by sophomore civil engineering major Jacob Hardin, the Oprah poster was comprised of a laminated image of talk show host
Oprah Winfrey attached to a piece of posterboard Hardin found in the trash of Eickhoff Hall. Hardin hoped to catch Peck’s attention with the cutout by referencing Peck’s “Drake & Josh” character Josh Nichols’ love for Oprah. “I went online to find a life-size cutout, but it was like $70 and too expensive for a college student,” Hardin explained to The Signal. “So I started a GoFundMe, and my friend gave me five bucks to make this.” Peck, amused by Hardin’s creation, signed the cutout and even invited Hardin on stage so that they could simultaneously kiss the cutout on the cheek. During the lecture, Peck balanced discussion of his current YouTube vlog work and recent marriage to cinematographer Paige O’Brien with sharing memories of “Drake & Josh” and other childhood favorites of the audience. Over the summer, Peck began producing weekly vlogs on YouTube as a way to reach fans in a different setting opposed to television and movies. “I think the best part is that you see LECTURE page 7
Learning Day ACT presents ‘Secret in the Wings’ Community speakers discuss injustices
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Cast members play different roles throughout scenes. By Danielle Silvia Social Media Editor
All College Theater debuted its first show of the semester, “Secret in the Wings” on Sept. 27. The show ran until Saturday, Sept. 30, in the
Don Evans Black Box Theater in Kendall Hall. The show, though at times confusing with its twist of various themes, featured 12 cast members, who each played a different role from scene to scene. The show opens up with a
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young girl reading a book. The main character, Kira, was played by Kira Cohen, a junior psychology and elementary education double major. Kira’s parents explain that they are going out to dinner and are leaving her with a sitter, Mr. Cruz, for the night. Mr. Cruz — played by student Lenin Cruz, a sophomore computer science major — is revealed to be an ogre with a long green tail. Kira is clearly distraught by this, but her parents fail to acknowledge her cries. Mr. Cruz begins to tell stories to young Kira that come to life in front of her own very eyes. He tells four tales, “Three Blind Queens,” “Allerleira,” “The Princess Who Wouldn’t Laugh” and “Silent for Seven Years.” Each of these classic European fairy tales have dark themes that range from incest to abuse. Each fairytale finishes at the climax, normally a disaster, to be resolved at the end of the show. For example, the “Three Blind Queens” ended with a chaotic war and two mothers, who were played by Franz and Colleran, resorted to eating their children out of desperation.
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within healthcare system By Emmy Liederman Staff Writer
A patient with a mouth full of rotting teeth walked through the doors of St. Vincent’s Hospital, a student-run, free clinic in Galveston, Texas. The patient needed her teeth pulled, but dentures cost thousands of dollars, which she could not afford. The patient was at a standstill. In a seminar entitled “Who We Are: Humanism in an Age of Uncertainty,” Dr. Rachel Pearson, the author of the College’s freshman summer reading book “No Apparent Distress,” shared personal experiences in the medical field, as well as poetry and historical references, as part of the College’s Community Learning Day on Sept. 27. Pearson shared the story of the dental patient to encourage her audience to make a change in their generation. “Looking into her mouth, I could see a lifetime of poverty, of neglect and of injustice,” Pearson said. “She asked how she would eat without dentures and I did not have an answer. There were times when my work made me feel helpless.” Pearson used an excerpt from renaissance poet John Donne to frame her speech — “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.” Pearson spoke of the need to ease the suffering of disenfranchised groups, even when it seems as if one is an outsider. “We suffer too much under the notion that identity is everything,” she said. “Who we are at the most fundamental level
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Career Center hosts biannual Opportunities Fair By Kristen Frohlich Staff Writer The College filled with students dressed in professional attire as they prepared for the biannual Opportunities Fair on Friday, Sept. 29. The Career Center hosted the fair in the Student Recreation Center, with over 160 companies and graduate schools in attendance. “We host a fall Opportunities Fair to allow students to begin exploring the next steps in their career development, whether that be internships, full-time employment or graduate (or) professional school,” said Emily Behn, assistant director of employer relations. The fair served as a chance for students to learn about available
positions in a wide array of companies, which are interested in hiring students from the College. “Students have the opportunity to speak with employers, university representatives and internship supervisors that are looking to recruit TCNJ students,” Behn said. “It is both an opportunity to learn about positions that are available as well as a chance to begin networking.” Students expressed enthusiasm regarding the networking opportunity provided by the fair. “This fair is an excellent way for me to begin networking with engineering firms and companies that interest me,” said Endale Seleshi, a sophomore computer engineering major. “Hopefully, I will be able to find an internship for the summer.”
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The fair provides networking opportunity for students.
The fair was open to students of all years and majors, allowing each student to customize their experience. “First-year students can begin to get comfortable attending networking events and sharing their experiences with employers,” Behn said. “Sophomores and juniors can begin to explore internship opportunities or graduate school requirements, and our seniors will be looking for fulltime employment.” The fair highlighted businesses in close proximity to the College, which was helpful for students unfamiliar with local employment opportunities. “As a transfer student, the Fall Opportunity Fair is a great way for me to begin to network with businesses and companies in the surrounding area, for I am still new to campus,” said Mark Dilonno, a junior economics major. Rick Lancia, the human resources manager at HMP Communications, was excited to introduce himself and his company to students in order for them to learn about opportunities at HMP Communications. “We are here today for we identify that due to our growth, we are going to have a need for entry-level positions in the next six (to) 12 months,” Lancia said. “We come to the fall Opportunities Fair, for it gives us the opportunity to meet with graduating and undergraduate students for internships and jobs.”
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Students interact with potential employers.
Lancia emphasized the importance of face-to-face interaction while recruiting for HMP Communications. “We find that we do a much better job when we are able to meet students in person rather than seeing them on a piece of paper,” he said. While in-person interaction is a key component of networking, LionsLink facilitated students’ experiences at the fair. “Many employers attending the fair have an active internship or job posting on LionsLink, powered by Handshake, which allows our students to network with them prior to their interviews,” Behn said.
LionsLink, an online program available to students and alumni of the College, also allows them to submit their resumes to potential employers. Students are optimistic about the role Handshake will play in furthering their careers. “Handshake can certainly help to further my steps towards my future career that I would like to delve in because it can provide me with tools that can show me how to research specific jobs and internships I am interested in,” said sophomore communication studies major Dessa Reed. The Career Center plans to host its next Opportunities Fair during the spring 2018 semester.
Collegiate Recovery Community sponsors student speaker
By Breeda Bennett-Jones Staff Writer
The College’s Collegiate Recovery Community sponsored an event in celebration of National Recovery Month on Sept. 26. Jesse Dariano, a senior psychology major and CRC’s president, presented a story of strength and recovery. He discussed the stigma of drug addiction in front of a full audience in the library auditorium. He began by naming several of his accomplishments: being a homeowner, being a car owner, being a son, being a brother and going nearly four years since having a drink or using a drug. “I just thought it was an interesting story to listen to, especially because it was by a TCNJ student,” said Emma Meyer, a sophomore nursing major. From the outset, Dariano’s goals were aligned with those of the CRC. Namely, to eradicate the stigma surrounding recovery, inspire members of the audience and to cultivate a community of acceptance and support at the College. “Hopefully, (the audience can) be inspired to want to do something about it and partner with the CRC so we can make TCNJ a recovery-safe campus all around,” he said. Dariano began to tell his story, explaining how “just saying no” didn’t work for him. This idea harkens back to the Reaganite “Just Say No” campaign of the late 1980s, and more recently, programs for primary schoolers like Drug Abuse Resistance Education, more commonly known as D.A.R.E. Dariano brought to light the disconnect between prescription drug abuse and hard drugs, like cocaine or heroin. “Prescription drugs are associated with the (kind of) drugs that are okay, because they’re prescribed by a doctor,” he said. “To make the connection between percocet and heroin… your mind doesn’t want to go there. Heroin is the dirty one.” According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens, a division of the National Institute of Health, approximately 80 percent of people who develop a heroin use disorder start by using prescription opioids. Because prescription pills are available in medicine cabinets, Dariano explained, it seemed conflict-free, easy, quick and even harmless. The progression of his addiction started slowly and then accelerated. Dariano described how his circle of friends started changing, how the drugs he was taking became more serious
Dariano details his journey toward recovery.
and how he felt like he lost a sense of personal value. “The more our focus shifted to using substances, the less other things started to matter… it was slowly consuming,” he said. “It’s a sneaky progression.” Near the end of the presentation, Dariano turned his focus to recovery. His main message, he said in an interview after the presentation, was that recovery works. When it doesn’t, he emphasized that usually insurance issues, financial need or legislation are in the way. “It took seeing other people who were just like me… overcoming it [and] being able to talk about it or joke about it,” he said after explaining the importance of safe, intimate recovery spaces. “When we accept people for having a problem, it becomes this freeing experience.” In his closing statement, Dariano encouraged people affected by drug use to become involved with the CRC. He passed the microphone to Alex Batterman, a senior psychology major, the vice president of the CRC and a recovery ally. A recovery ally is someone who has not experienced drug or alcohol abuse disorders, but would like to help contribute to a recovery-friendly campus.
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Batterman first became involved with the organization after interning at the TCNJ Clinic, where he helped to facilitate SMART Recovery, which is focused on self-empowerment. “It inspired me — they’re very perseverant,” Batterman said. The CRC is an emerging organization on the College’s campus. As it works to become an officially recognized student organization, its outreaches are growing. According to Chris Freeman, the supervisor of the organization, the CRC offers several programs including Lions House — an on-campus housing opportunity for students in recovery — and counseling and support services. In addition, the CRC hosts weekly meetings and late-night substance-free activities like RECreate Your Night, according to their website. “It’s common and normal to be scared,” Freeman said of recovery. “It’s much scarier in our heads than in reality. But when we do reach out for help, it’s life-changing.” The presentation ended with a selfie — a group photo of recovering students, recovery allies and students of the College who are passionate about creating safe spaces for those recovering from drug use.
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Social justice commission releases final report
By Ashton Leber Features Editor
The Advisory Commission on Social Justice: Race and Educational Attainment released its final report and recommendations approved by the College’s President R. Barbara Gitenstein on Sept. 5. The report released five recommendations that the College should act on. Each recommendation was narrowed down to shortrange, intermediate and long-range goals that are expected to be completed within the next five years. Eliminating instances of social injustice and implementing recommendations could only be done by understanding the challenges of race relations. The commission, appointed by Gitenstein in February, “is charged with the responsibility of examining The College of New Jersey’s history within the State of New Jersey with regard to race relations and social justice,” according to the commission’s website. After several debates and open fora with faculty, students and stakeholders throughout the previous academic school year, it was evident that many members of the campus community felt social justice needed to be redefined and measures needed to be set forth by the College.
“An institution of higher education should be both a steward of place and a steward of democracy.”
— R. Barbara Gitenstein College President
“TCNJ values inclusivity and diversity, but these words cannot stand alone and must be accompanied by profound action to have meaning,” Gitenstein said in a statement. The debate sparked after students uncovered the story behind the namesake of the College’s admissions building, Paul Loser. Loser held the rank of superintendent for the Trenton public schools and served as a prominent figure in enforcing the district’s policy of segregation. After students presented intensive research on Loser’s past to Gitenstein, the president
appointed the commission to provide a resolution on the matters regarding race and race relations at the College. On May 24, Paul Loser Hall was officially renamed Trenton Hall. Gitenstein views this change as a step toward achieving inclusivity and diversity with the Trenton community, coinciding with the College’s values. “Renaming the building confirmed the College’s acknowledgement of the significance of the uncovered history of Dr. Loser’s legacy, with regard to integration in Trenton,” Gitenstein told The Signal. “The renaming also acknowledges the thoughtfulness and advocacy of our students.” The commission’s first recommendation is to incorporate racial inclusivity on campus by expanding the College’s role within the Trenton and Ewing public schools. The College plans to work with students from Trenton and Ewing to ensure that current high school students who are ready for college in the neighboring communities will have the opportunity to attend and graduate from the College. Christopher Fisher, an associate professor of history and co-chair of the commission, said there are several ways the College can build stronger ties with the Trenton and Ewing community, and knowing there are resolutions is the first step in achieving change. The next step involves “finding ways to collaborate where (the College’s) mission and their interests meet. TCNJ has some of New Jersey’s best resources for education training and health sciences,” according to Fisher. The second recommendation is to engage undergraduate students at the College with Ewing and Trenton to build “a deeper sense of community, history and institutional identity,” according to the report. According to the report, the Office of Student Affairs is encouraged to work with neighboring communities to incorporate inclusion amongst residents and students at the College. “An institution of higher education should be both a steward of place and a steward of democracy,” Gitenstein said. “In that dual role, the College should embrace our history in the Trenton area, our responsibility in enhancing the place in which we live, and our shared opportunities to learn from community members about the meaning of community and democracy.” Within the next three years, the College hopes to bring history from Trenton into the academic curriculum of its undergraduate students, according to the report. Pat Remboski, a senior health and exercise science major, feels that incorporating Trenton’s history into academics is the
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Gitenstein views the name ‘Trenton Hall’ as an inclusive step forward. right decision. “It’s definitely important to know the area you’re going to school in, and it’s the school’s right to teach their history to the students who are going there,” Remboski said. Although he agrees with the College’s strategy, Remboski doesn’t feel students would be as interested or enjoy the values of Trenton as much if it were a mandatory course. The third recommendation will promote inclusivity within the campus community — starting with staff, faculty and administration. The report says that achieving open dialogue regarding professional development between staff, Campus Police, Sodexo employees and other faculty is an immediate project to be completed. Fisher further explained the importance of faculty support during this process. “Students follow the faculty lead, and if faculty and departments shrink from the goals of diversity and inclusion on campus and an increased awareness of, and presence in, Trenton and Ewing, there is a strong probability change will not happen,” he said. The fourth recommendation involves creating a designated office to “oversee the implementation of all accepted recommendations,” according to the report. Gitenstein then assembled the Steering Committee, comprised of herself and the two co-chairs of the commission — Fisher and Vice President for College Advancement John Donohue. The committee has already met this year and established the Implementation Task Force. The task force is responsible
for ensuring the five actions initiated by the committee are enforced. The full task force is expected to meet in early October, according to Gitenstein. The fifth recommendation involves renaming Paul Loser Hall to Trenton Hall, which has already been completed. Although two of these five recommendations are marked off the checklist, determining an outline on how these solutions would be achieved was not an easy task. The commission focused on Michigan University’s dialogue on diversity and the response from other institutions such as Georgetown, Yale, Princeton and Brown universities who were facing similar experiences with social injustice, according to Fisher. “Synthesizing those resources into an outcome that fit TCNJ’s culture, character and history was a challenge, but I think the commission set a concrete foundation that is amenable to enhancement and revision,” Fisher said. Kerri Tillett, associate vice president and chief diversity officer and a member of the commission, believes that these recommendations will bring new beginnings to the College and its mission to keep the campus diverse. “Ultimately, the recommendations will help the College accomplish the goals of the TCNJ 2021 Strategic Plan, and help the College to promote and deepen its commitment to inclusiveness,” she said. Through the recommendations provided by the commission, the College will be able to achieve its plans effectively and focus on making the campus a diverse institution with high standards in its quality of education.
SFB approves funding for drag queen and author
SFB discusses performances for guest speakers. By Eric Preisler Production Manager At this week’s Student Finance Board meeting on Sept. 27, student organizations were granted funding to bring a drag star and a children’s book author to campus for their respective events.
PRISM was fully funded $5,269 to invite Alyssa Edwards, a renowned drag star, to perform comedy, song and dance and host a Q&A session on Oct. 20, at 8:30 p.m. in the Brower Student Center. The event’s budget covers the cost for the speaker, Polaroid snapshots and a lawn sign. PRISM is
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being co-sponsored by the College Union Board, who will help with outreach for the event. “We’re mainly helping with promoting and publicizing the event,” said Sondra Nieradka, a senior communication studies major andf CUB live event coordinator. “We figured by partnering up we would have
the most effective reach and target a wider range of students.” This event will allow students to come together for a night of entertainment while interacting with a drag celebrity to raise awareness for LGBTQ+ culture, according to the event’s proposal packet. Edwards has recently gained popularity after appearing on the television show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” “She’s known for being very shady,” said Max Nazario, a senior chemistry major and treasurer of PRISM. “She’s very well-known for her style of comedy and she’s one of the queens who is very popular on college campuses at this time.” Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society, was partially funded $350 to host Marcie Aboff, a children’s book author, for their event “Connecting Educator and Families: Engaging Literary Strategies
and Activities,” planned to take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 in the Education Building. The proposal explains that this event would expose students to new teaching materials and strategies. Marcia Schleppy, copresident of KDP and a senior special education and psychology double major, explained that this event will primarily consist of talking about the promotion of literacy among young children. “It can be applicable to anyone on campus because many people are going to be aunts, uncles, parents, who are going to be working with children and encouraging literacy in them,” Schleppy said. Aboff will also interact with the audience during the event. “It’s going to be very interactive. There’s going to be activities involving the members and attendees,” Schleppy said.
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Homeless man demands immediate entry to college Suspect tells admissions officials ‘something’s coming your way’ By Brielle Bryan Opinions Editor Homeless man seeks shelter at the College On Sept. 18, at approximately 3:25 p.m., Campus Police was dispatched to Trenton Hall on a report of a tall male individual harassing the College’s admissions staff and refusing to leave. The male was reported to be wearing a striped gray and blue shirt. Upon arrival to Trenton Hall, Campus Police was advised by admissions staff members that the male individual was no longer in the room. A male staff member said that before the individual walked out of the room, he threw something at him, police said. At this time, one of the officers advised that he saw someone matching the description of the male individual walk out of Trenton Hall toward the information booth.
Campus Police explained to the male individual that there is a process that has to be followed when transferring into a college, and that the admissions staff was following the proper procedure. Campus Police spoke with the male individual, who identified himself. Campus Police asked the male individual his address, and he answered that he was homeless and did not currently reside anywhere, police said. The male individual informed Campus Police that his last residence was at a location in New Jersey. The officer relayed that information to College Dispatch, and asked them to check for wants and warrants for the male individual. As College Dispatch was checking, Campus Police asked the male suspect what happened. The male stated that he went to the admissions office to try and transfer into the College, but instead of enrolling him right away they handed him paperwork and advised him that it needed to be filled out to be able to start the transferring process, police said. The male said that he thought it was unfair and needed to be transferred right away. Campus Police explained to the male individual that there is a process that has to be followed when transferring into a college, and that the admissions staff was following the proper procedure. One of the officers told the male individual that she heard that he also threw something at one of the staff members while he was talking to them. The male individual advised that it was a brochure that they had given him, and that he had become upset and he threw it down and it hit one of the staff workers’ arms, according to Campus Police. After College Dispatch advised that the male was clear for any wants or warrants, Campus Police released him after telling him that he could not cause anymore disturbances on campus, police said. The male individual agreed and left the area. Campus Police asked witnesses if they felt threatened while he was there. The witnesses advised that besides the individual telling the witnesses “something’s coming your way,” when they told him that no further action could be taken to admit the individual as a transfer student, they did not feel threatened while he was there, police said. Campus Police advised the admissions staff that they would be conducting a report and to contact Campus Police if the male individual were to show up again. Female student fails to escape unwanted company On Sept. 18, at approximately 2 p.m., a female student arrived at College Dispatch’s window and advised that she would like to file a report because she believed she was being stalked. The female student informed Campus Police that there was an individual with whom she had a couple unwanted interactions. She believed that these unwanted interactions would escalate based off of information she gathered from her friends, police said. After Campus Police asked the female student to explain the interactions, she began explaining a series of events. The female student said that last year, approximately mid-September, she was in Eickhoff Hall’s dining area when a male student, who she had never met, came up to her and said, “Lesbians don’t want to date me.” She said that she expressed displeasure in the conversation, but he persisted in talking to her, police said. When the female student got up to leave, the male student began to follow
her all the way into the TCNJ Clinic where he sat next to her in the waiting room and continued to talk to her as she filled out paperwork. According to police reports, the female student advised that she ignored him until he left. After that incident, the female student advised Campus Police that she didn’t have any more incidents with the male student until Wednesday, Sept. 13, when she was in the Brower Student Center. The female student said she was sitting with her friends on the couches near Traditions when the male student walked over and sat in the chair across from her, police said. When the male student sat down, the female student’s friend sitting with her texted her and said that he wanted to leave because he did not feel comfortable with the male student sitting with them. When they left, the female asked what her male friend’s experience was with the male student, and he explained that the male student was in a club with him and had stalked two girls on two separate occasions, police said. The male friend said that the male student went as far as to know the girls’ schedules, and sat outside of where they lived on campus. The next day, Sept. 14, the female student advised Campus Police that she was walking out of the library when the male student came up to her and started to talk to her. According to police reports, he told her that from the moment he saw her, he knew he loved her. He said he tried to find her on social media but could only find her uncle, police said. The female student repeatedly expressed to the male student that she was not interested, but he continued to follow her all the way to Bliss Hall. Eventually, the male student left when she went to speak with one of her professors. The female student advised Campus Police that this was the last interaction she had with the male student, and felt that she needed to report it because she believed it would escalate, police said. Campus Police asked if the male had made any threats to her, and the female student advised that he did not. Campus Police also asked if the female student felt threatened when the male student was around, and she advised that she did not, she just felt very uncomfortable, police said. The female student told Campus Police that she did not want to file any charges, but would like police to speak with the male student and have him stop contacting her. Campus harassment continues On Sept. 25, at approximately 7:30 p.m., two Campus Police officers were dispatched to the Centennial Hall office to meet with a female student who wanted to report that she was being harassed. Upon arrival, the officers met with the female student and a community adviser, police said. The female student stated that she had been receiving alarming text messages and phone calls from an unknown caller. The female student stated that she first received a text message on Aug. 23 from an unknown number saying, “Hey.” She answered back the next day on Aug. 24 saying, “Hey who’s this?” The unknown number replied on Aug. 24, “Idk. Who r u.” The female student did not answer and stated she went to Eickhoff Hall for dinner, police said. She stated that she looked at her phone for the first time all day, and within a minute she received another text message from the unknown number stating, “I saw you check your phone. Why haven’t you replied?” Later that night, the female student was hanging out with some of her friends and received a call from an unknown number. She ignored the first call, but she received a second phone call and decided to pick up the phone. According to police reports, the female student stated that it was a male voice on the other end, who was asked her, “Why haven’t you called me?” and said her name. The female student stated that she never told this individual her name, police said. When the female student asked who was calling, the male stated his first name. Eventually, the female student hung up on the unknown caller. The female student believes she knows the identity of the caller, but she does not know for sure. The female student stated she received another call from an unknown caller, but did not answer. The same male left her a voicemail and said, “That was rude. You hurt my feelings.” In the voicemail, he also asked her why she was not calling him back. On Aug. 26, the female student received another call from an unknown caller. According to police reports, the same male voice left a voicemail stating that he missed her and to tell her roommate that he thinks she’s attractive. On Sept. 16, the female student received a text message from the male stating, “I heard you were sick. Feel better.” On
Sept. 19, the female student stated she went home because she was sick. She received another phone call from an unknown number and did not answer, but the same male left a voicemail stating, “I heard you were sick. Why didn’t you call me?” When asked if the male individual showed up places she was at randomly, she explained that he was popular, really social and was always everywhere all of the time, police said. The female was told to call Campus Police if she received anymore voicemails or text messages. She was also told to call Campus Police whenever she needed an escort around campus. Student claims Obama is current president On Sept. 23, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Campus Police was dispatched to Townhouse East on report of an intoxicated male that would not answer his door, police said. College Dispatch advised that he dispatched TCNJ EMS. Upon arrival to Townhouse East, Campus Police was met by a female resident who explained that one of her housemates had been drinking and had come back to the residence, vomited outside and went up to his room. According to police reports, the female student said that she went to check on the intoxicate male a little while later, found his door locked and did not receive a response to her knocking. Campus Police went up to the intoxicated male’s room and knocked loudly on his door, announcing themselves. Campus Police did not receive a response, but heard rustling in the room and what sounded like someone burping or vomiting. Campus Police knocked and tried to speak to the male student multiple times, but did not receive a response. After multiple attempts, Campus Police keyed into the male student’s door. When Campus Police opened the door, they found the intoxicated male lying on the floor on his right side, police said. There was a puddle of vomit on his clothing and under his head, and his wallet was lying at the top of his head. TCNJ EMS was at the scene and entered the room to wake the male student. TCNJ EMS had the male student sit upright against his bed, and started asking him questions, police said. TCNJ EMS first asked the male student where he was, and he responded, “North East.” TCNJ EMS asked him what day it was, and he replied, “the 22nd.” When they asked the intoxicated male who the current president was, he responded, “Obama.” TCNJ EMS continued to talk to the intoxicated male, and he said that he had been drinking alcoholic beverages such as jungle juice and beer, which combined to be about six standard-sized cups, police said. As TCNJ EMS continued to talk to the intoxicated male, a local township EMS arrived on scene and saw that he was able to walk unassisted. TCNJ EMS asked the intoxicated male questions again, and this time when he responded he told them that he was at the townhouses, in his dorm, the date was the 22nd and that Donald Trump was the president, police said. TCNJ EMS and the local township EMS both agreed that he was able to refuse transport to the hospital, which he did. At this time, he was not issued a summons due to the amnesty law. Thief turns STUD meatless On Sept. 20, at noon, a Campus Police officer was dispatched to investigate on a report of stolen meat from Sodexo Dining Services in Brower Student Center. Upon arrival, the officer met with a Sodexo employee who stated that upon taking inventory of meat stored in the freezer in Brower Student Center, five eye round steaks (total value of $100) and two packs of lamb chops (total value of $70) were missing. An Inventory of Stolen Property form was completed. No suspects were reported at this time. College flag goes missing On Sept. 22, at approximately 9 p.m., a Campus Police officer arrived at Trenton Hall to remove the three flags from Trenton Hall’s flagpoles for the night. The three flags were the American flag, the New Jersey state flag and the College’s flag, police said. When the officer went to remove the flags, she noticed that there were only two present. The rope on the flagpole that held the College’s flag was all the way down, wrapped around the rope holder carelessly, and was missing the College’s flag, police said. The officer asked another officer if he knew if the flag was missing for any reason, and he said he did not know. After checking with administration, it was found that the College’s flag was not supposed to be removed and was indeed missing, police said. There were no suspects to report at this time. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at (609)- 771 2345.
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SG announces DACA resolution, plans for storm relief By Erin Kamel Staff Writer
Student Government passed two bills at its weekly meeting and announced plans for hurricane relief efforts on Sept. 27. Resolution F-2017-03, in opposition of the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was opened for debate. Baldween Casseus, SG’s vice president of diversity and inclusion and a senior marketing major, announced that her committee polled 88 constituents on their thoughts on the DACA resolution, and 83 of the 88 students supported the resolution opposing the Trump Administration’s stance on DACA. “TCNJ is striving to create a more diverse and inclusive environment. Even if it was only one student that was affected by DACA, that’s one member of our community that will be gone,” Casseus said. College President R. Barbara Gitenstein stated in a campuswide email sent out on Sept. 5, that over a dozen students at the College are currently supported by DACA.
“If there are only 12 of them or if there are more, we still need to defend every single one of them,” said Desaree Vaughan, a freshman class council member and a math and secondary education dual major. “We are representatives for all students.” Ultimately, Resolution F-2017-03 won the majority vote of the voting members and passed. SG also passed Bill F-2017-02, entitled “Programming Point Systems for Resolutions,” to allow members to gain points for being the primary sponsorship of a resolution. A friendly amendment was added to cap the number of maximum points that a SG member can earn for writing resolutions to three points per semester. Justin Brach, speaker of the General Assembly and a junior finance and political science double major, encouraged more members to write resolutions so they are not just initiated by cabinet members. Brach indicated the importance of the General Assembly using its voice to, “take a stance on different issues that are important to the students that you represent.”
According to members of the Student Transitions Council, reviews from freshman students have been positive since the College went back to the on-campus model for orientation. This year, less freshmen and transfer students have experienced homesickness than in previous years. The council wants to shift some of their attention to seniors to ensure that they have enough information to transition out of the College into either the workforce or further education. Chris Blakeley, SG’s executive president and a junior civil engineering major, discussed the College’s hurricane relief fundraising campaign, “Here for Home, Always.” Organizers of the hurricane relief effort plan to incorporate as many of the College’s student organizations as possible. As of Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m., the campaign has raised $850. “Here for Home, Always” can be found on h4halways.com as well as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. SG also announced Homecoming king and queen applications are now open. Seniors can access applications via LionsGate.
Lecture / Peck says ‘Drake & Josh’ are on good terms
Peck strikes up a bromance with Falvey. continued from page 1
don’t have to ask for permission,” Peck said in an interview with The Signal. “You can go straight to your audience, and you can create and curate exactly what you want to deliver to them.” While Peck appreciates being able to reach his audience without any barriers, he acknowledged that the process has led to him developing a thicker skin. “Being able to go straight to your audience is something that I’ve grown to love, and it’s awesome as long as I don’t read the
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comments,” he said with a laugh. Peck joked about the popularity his wife has gained with his viewers on YouTube. “She’s just the best, and I’m super lucky,” Peck shared with The Signal. “I appreciate that she’s in my vlogs because people love her. People are like ‘Have her do the vlogs, you suck!’” Peck shared the story of how he met his wife with the audience. “We met at a Halloween party, it was six years ago,” he said. “We were really super vain and we both weren’t wearing costumes. We kept making eye contact from across the room, but I didn’t have the guts to go up and
talk to her.” During his lecture, Peck gave a piece of relationship advice to the audience: “You can’t say the wrong thing to the right person.” Peck and O’Brien, with help from a mutual friend, eventually ended up having a conversation that night. After six years together, the couple got married in June 2018. “I’m super stoked that she agreed to marry me, and that it seems like it’s going well. I don’t think she wants to divorce me quite yet. We’re going strong,” Peck told The Signal. Discussion of Peck’s wedding prompted a “hard-hitting” question from an audience member: why was Peck’s “Drake & Josh” costar Drake Bell not invited to the wedding? “We’re just brothers, and we fight like brothers, and that’s the best I can describe it,” Peck said. “It’s all good, and we’ve had our ups and downs, but it’s always just been love between us, and it’s love now.” Peck shared his favorite “Drake & Josh” memories with the audience. When asked for his favorite moment on set, he exclaimed “Are you callin’ me a liar? I ain’t callin’ you a truther!” As the audience cheered for his rendition of the classic “Drake & Josh” line, Peck saw an opportunity to discuss the show’s timelessness. “We made this show many years ago, and it’s completely stood the test of time. When we were making it, we just had an incredible time in every moment, and that was
so special,” he said. Throughout the lecture, Peck made several efforts to bond with Falvey. The pair even knelt on stage together as Peck gave Falvey a pep talk, encouraging him to continue doing a good job as moderator. “You’re gorgeous, you little ginger snap,” Peck said to Falvey as the audience laughed and applauded. Peck discussed his mother’s role in the success of his career. He explained during his lecture that as a single mother, she did everything in her power to ensure her son’s well-being and happiness. “My mom always says when people say ‘you know, you moved out to California to help Josh with his career, did you know that he would have success with “Drake & Josh” and what not?’ And she was like, I just supported my kid in something that he loved and gave him confidence. I didn’t know that it would turn into a career, but I knew that he got so much self-esteem from it,’” Peck told The Signal. Despite the light-hearted nature of Peck’s interaction with the audience, he offered the crowd valuable advice for achieving success in acting and comedy. “If you wake up and all you want to do is this, then you have to go full speed ahead,” Peck said. “Everyone has a different trajectory, so how long can you stay at it and stay sharp and be ready for when that opportunity results itself, when it’s your time?”
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is simply human.” This mindset fueled Pearson’s work in the medical field. She realized that mankind needed to become a more supportive, cohesive unit when patients walked through the doors of St. Vincent’s after being deprived of care for far too long. “I would see patients die of diseases that I knew were treatable,” she said. “That is the pain that I have not gotten over.” According to Pearson, an examination of history suggests that through unimaginable tragedy almost always comes further meaning. When the bubonic plague rapidly spread across Europe, people had less faith in the power of the gods and began to rely on themselves for answers, bringing forth centuries of progress. Today, Pearson cites Hurricane Harvey, a natural disaster that has destroyed
order in a place she calls home, as one opportunity to find meaning in heartbreak. “You are inheriting a world that is a little less orderly than what your parents imagined for you when you were born,” she said. “A world fractured by hatred and war, a world that is flooded, a world that is quaking and burning, and getting ever so slightly warmer every day. I don’t know what the future holds. But I know, no matter what, I am involved. I know meaning will rise from the chaos and disruption.” Pearson’s philosophy was demonstrated at the second component of Community Learning Day: a discussion panel entitled “Moving Towards Quality and Equitable Healthcare in New Jersey,” where a diverse group of panelists discussed the strengths and weaknesses of healthcare in New Jersey. Each panelist had a different perspective and point of interest but
a common goal: taking the bureaucracy out of medicine. An idea that was brought up by multiple panelists was the need to speed up the medical process by allowing clinicians to work without heavy regulations. “As a nurse practitioner, I can’t prescribe anything without a physician’s signature,” said Connie Kartoz, an assistant professor of nursing. “Clinicians need to be able to work to the maximum ability that their education provides.” This is especially problematic for individuals whose problems have escalated due to the lack of ample care, and are in need of immediate relief. According to Health Education and Outreach Coordinator Bonniwell Graham III, there is a common theme among those who are frequently seen by medical professionals and those who are not. “We need a better focus on the issue of health inequality for low
income New Jersey residents and people of color,” Graham said. Karotz reminded audience members that inequities exist in their own backyard. “Between Princeton and Trenton, we have some of the greatest economic disparity not only in the state, but in the country,” she said. Many of the panelists agreed that proper care for those with mental illnesses is lacking in New Jersey. “Mentally ill patients are showing up in health clinics that are medically oriented,” said Rachel Adler, an associate professor of sociology and anthropology and a registered nurse. “They are not getting what they need and practitioners aren’t able to help them.” Social sciences professor Phillip Prassa mentioned New Jersey’s opioid abuse epidemic and the timeliness of the topic of addiction, as September is national
recovery month. “Addiction is a disease, and not a disgrace,” he said. “It’s out there. It’s in our neighborhoods. It’s probably right down the road.” Dr. Melanie Kaufer (‘07), an alumna and Hackensack Medical Center obstetrician-gynecologist, agreed with Pearson’s sentiment about the need to see patients before their problems escalate and it is too late to save them. “It’s not uncommon that I’ll get a call about bleeding and the woman ends up having cervical cancer, which is so preventable,” she said. “These women just don’t have access to care.” The central message of both Community Learning Day discussions was that the country needs to do everything in its power to prioritize equal access. “We need to see healthcare as a right, rather than a privilege,” said senior public health major Tristan Gibson.
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Catalan independence referendum divides Spain By Anandita Mehta Staff Writer
Police violence broke out on Sunday, Oct. 1, during the illegal referendum that ended with 761 injured citizens, according to The Guardian. The majority voted for independence. Fox News reported that the Spanish courts on Sept. 27 decided to investigate charges of sedition for organizers of the first attempted Catalonan independence referendum protest. The Los Angeles Times reported that the Spanish central government blocked the highly anticipated independence referendum originally planned for Sept. 20. Catalonia historically has a strong identity that it considers separate from the rest of Spain, according to BBC. It is located in the northeastern corner of Spain, separated from France by the Pyrenees mountains. It is one of the most industrialized and wealthy regions of the world and home to 7.5 million residents, according to Reuters. BBC reported a nonbinding vote in 2014 determined that 80 percent of that population wanted to declare independence, but the Spanish government has made it clear Catalonia cannot constitutionally separate from Spain. The Los Angeles Times reported that Spain’s military police raided warehouses and government offices in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, detaining politicians for campaigning for the referendum. Madrid is fining arrested politicians between $7,000 and
Catalan separatists encourage voting.
$12,000 each day until they cease their ballot, according to The Washington Post. The Guardian reported Spain’s attorney general, Jose Manuel Maza, stated that the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, could also be arrested for misuse of the public funds Puigdemont used to go ahead with the poll. Puigdemont declared that the referendum will proceed nonetheless with the strong support of the people behind him, according to The Washington Post. Several thousands of Catalans in support of the referendum
have taken to the streets to protest in front of the courts, which are symbols of the Spanish central government, The Washington Post wrote. The Guardian reported that campaigners are distributing ballots to encourage people to vote in the referendum. One student, Malena Palau, told The Washington Post, “We want to vote because we have the right to decide, regardless of what we vote.” The Washington Post reported that authorities have deployed additional security forces. The Guardian reported that independence fighters and the Spanish central government are also debating over whether the latter has taken control of the Catalan regional police, the Mossos d’Esquadra. Should Catalonia actually declare independence, it would not be dealing with the European Union that only talks to member states, according to Reuters. Catalonia would instead deal with Madrid. Reuters reported one reason some Catalans are pro-referendum is the desire to stop paying high government taxes that are used to fund poorer Spanish regions. Independence would also have significant ramifications for Spain. The nation would lose 20 percent of its total income, as Catalonia is one of the largest tourist hubs of Spain, The Guardian wrote. The Guardian reported that some residents are afraid that independence will mean separation from family members that have migrated to different parts of Spain.
St. Louis protests against police brutality persist By Zach Sobol Correspondent
As of Monday, Oct. 2, protests in St. Louis have lasted 17 consecutive days, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Protesters first took to the streets on Sept. 15, after an expolice officer, Jason Stockley, was found not guilty of the first-degree murder of Anthony Lamar Smith, a 24-year-old black man who was shot by police in 2011, according to Rolling Stone. Stockley and his partner stopped Smith and another man for suspicion of drug dealing on Dec. 20, 2011, according to Rolling Stone. “We’re going to kill this motherfucker, don’t you know it,” Stockley said during the ensuing car chase caught by the dashboard camera. Once the chase ended, Stockley approached the driver-side window of Smith’s vehicle with his gun drawn. Stockley then strongly gestured in front of the window, before
pulling away from the window to unleash several gunshots into the car. Stockley claimed in his testimony that he believed Smith had turned to his right to grab a gun, and that he fired in defense, according to Rolling Stone. Protests began peacefully and silently on Sept. 18, CNN reported. “We want to achieve one goal — an end to the disparate killings of black citizens at the hands of police,” Bryan McClellan, a demonstrator, said on Sept. 18, according to CNN. The peace broke by late evening that day. Protesters started to use pieces of broken concrete flowers pots as projectiles against police officers, according to CNN. Over 120 protesters were arrested for disorderly conduct that night. “I’m proud to tell you the city of St. Louis is safe and the police owned tonight,” said Acting Police Commissioner Lt. Col. Lawrence O’Toole the following day, according to Rolling Stone.
Rolling Stone also reported that in a separate statement, O’Toole said, “We’re in control. This is our city and we’re going to protect it.” As law enforcement was dealing with the protesters on Sunday night, David Carson, a photographer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, caught the police officers echoing a similar message, according to CNN. “Whose streets? Our streets!” officers chanted while making arrests, CNN reported. The Washington Post reported that John Ziegler, an activist and videographer who was at the protests, saw police officers taking pictures of arrestees and saying things including “They’re communists and socialists,” and “They’re here to destroy America.” Citizens made hundreds of recommendations and proposals to the state, asking it to address how the police can be fairer. However no requests have been met, according to The Washington Post. Since the death of Michael
Brown in 2014, Kayla Reed, a local activist with the St. Louis Action Council, said there has not been enough action taken by city officials to bridge the racial divide in St. Louis, reported The Washington Post. “I think what we are seeing is a real reluctance to listen to the community, to step into
leadership about ushering in a new era of progress,” Reed said to The Washington Post. “And that, plus continued repression and brutality at the hands of the police, have ignited once again, feelings like, ‘We have to take to the streets, we have to shut things down, we have to show we’re not going anywhere.”
Activists rally outside the St. Louis Police Department.
United States and North Korea exchange heated dialogue North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yongho considered that tweet a declaration of war, according to CNN. “The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” Ri said, according to The Washington Times. “The question of who won’t be around much longer will be answered then.” Ri is under the assumption that North Korea will have every right to make countermeasures for future actions. That includes the right to AP Photo shoot down the United States’ strategic bombNorth Korea claims Trump’s tweet is a declaration of war. ers, even when they are not inside the airspace By Joanne Kim and Heidi Cho that the United States could “totally destroy” border of our country, according to CNN. Staff Writer and Nation & World Editor North Korea during the U.N. General AsThis is in reference to the U.S. Air Force sembly. Trump said North Korean leader Kim B-1B Lancer bombers that flew the closest The Trump administration acknowl- Jong-un is on a “suicide mission,” according to America has to North Korea in a century. The edged on Saturday, Sept. 30, that there are The Washington Post. show of force on Sept. 23 was a demonstradirect communications with North Korea “Just heard Foreign Minister of North tion of the range of military options available after escalating verbal and military threats, Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of to Trump to deal with North Korea, according according to The New York Times. Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much to CNN. President Donald Trump said on Sept. 19 longer!” Trump tweeted on Sept. 21. White House press secretary Sarah
Sanders said that the United States has not declared war on North Korea and called the suggestion “absurd,” according to CNN. In a rare public statement on Sept. 22, Kim said that he would tame Trump, the “mentally deranged U.S. dotard,” with fire, according to The Washington Post. Trump responded on Sept. 22 by calling Kim a “madman” during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, according to The Guardian. The schoolyard taunts have only aggravated the tense relationship, but the three new channels of direct communication could ease the atmosphere, according to The New York Times. “I think everyone would like for it to calm down,” Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said, according to The New York Times. Tillerson’s sentiment is not shared by Trump, who further mixed signals by tweeting that Tillerson “is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.”
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Sometimes missing out leads to better opportunities
I wrapped my arms around my body and gripped the fabric of my sleeves as I stood outside Kendall Hall the night of Saturday, Sept. 30. The cool air nipped my exposed skin and made its way under the fabric of my long-sleeved shirt. My rationale for not wearing a jacket was that it had been warm and sunny all week, and my three friends — who were standing outside with me and waiting to see Josh Peck speak — were not wearing jackets either. I also couldn’t help but think that if I had checked the weather on my laptop earlier, I would have known ahead of time to bring a jacket with me. I stood outside for almost two hours waiting to see Peck, who was a main character in the iconic show, “Drake & Josh,” and was turned away at the door because seating was first-come-first-serve and showing up an hour and 45 minutes early was still not early enough. I can complain as much as I want, but it was my fault for not accounting for when the other students were planning to arrive. If had planned ahead, I could have definitely gotten a seat for the lecture. However, I can also complain about the College Union Board, and how they should have planned ahead for Peck’s massive turnout and sold tickets for his lecture. CUB and I are both to blame for my distasteful encounter of being turned away from Peck’s lecture because neither of us planned ahead. Planning ahead is how we make goals for ourselves, strategize how to accomplish them and then follow through with what we want to achieve. Without a plan, we can often find ourselves missing out on opportunities, such as getting to see a celebrity guest speak. We can also find ourselves inviting stress into our lives by not planning our weekly schedules, which can cause an uneven balance of time spent between work, school and our social lives. By taking initiative to create a steady weekly schedule for ourselves, we can learn to manage our time properly, so we’re not cancelling on our friends when they want to hang out because we put off our class assignments until last minute. While it’s important to think ahead and make plans, there are some things that can’t be planned. After being turned away from Peck’s lecture, I went to Slocum’s, which is the bowling alley down the road from the College. My three friends had never been to Slocum’s, and the four of us had a great time as we socialized with the employees and bowled a close game. After we went bowling, we decided to go to Applebee’s and enjoyed multiple half-priced appetizers, which consisted of buffalo wings, spinach dip and sweet potato fries. Even though we didn’t get to see a celebrity, we got to spend quality time with each other after a long week of work and classes. I’m glad I didn’t get to see Peck speak on Saturday night because if I did, I wouldn’t have gone bowling with my friends and spent more time focusing on the lives of people that matter than the life of one stranger. While it’s important to set goals for ourselves and plan ahead of time, the best memories we make in life are simply unplanned. — Brielle Bryan Opinions Editor
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“If you wake up and all you want to do is this, then you have to go full speed ahead. Everyone has a different trajectory, so how long can you stay at it and stay sharp and be ready for when that opportunity results itself, when it’s your time?” — Josh Peck, Actor and comedian
“Looking into her mouth, I could see a lifetime of poverty, of neglect and of injustice. She asked how she would eat without dentures and I did not have an answer. There were times when my work made me feel helpless.”
— Rachel Pearson, Doctor and author
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Students should support all campus media By Michael Battista
Over my four years here at the College, I’ve been lucky enough to contribute to The Signal by holding multiple positions within the newspaper, ranging from a beat writer to an editor of the sports section. I notice how much my work is appreciated when I walk by the large stacks of newspapers around campus and see other students holding a physical copy of the newspaper, reading my stories. Now that I’ve become more involved with other media-based groups on campus, I’ve realized more how The Signal gets such a good deal when it comes to student visibility. As a newly licensed DJ at WTSR, the College’s student radio station serving Mercer and Bucks counties, I’m faced with a single overbearing dilemma — not many people are actually listening. No matter what music I play or how well I do my part, I feel like people around campus will never get the chance to hear my work, nor the work of our radio station’s amazing executive board and general staff. Usually, I have to inform members of my family and friends through social media that I’ll be on air. Sometimes, I really feel like the sound of leaves blowing in the wind — you can faintly hear me in the background, but most of the time I go unnoticed. Radio isn’t the king of media and it hasn’t been since 1979 when The Buggles sang, “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Most people will say that they just listen to the music they
The College’s radio station could be played in buildings on campus. downloaded on their personal devices or Spotify, and I can’t change that. I can’t even say that I would listen to WTSR over my own music half the time. However, maybe students at the College can change this. There are so many ways to incorporate the College’s very own radio station into the lives of its students. One way of doing this, is playing the WTSR more in the different buildings across campus. Eickhoff Hall is constantly playing music, and a lot of the time it’s tuned into a Philadelphia top 40 station that plays a lot of the same music over and over again. In Eickhoff Hall, I listened to The Weeknd so much my sophomore year that every time I walked
into the cafeteria I almost couldn’t “Feel My Face” from annoyance. WTSR has a lot of freedom when it comes to the music it plays, and its backlog of music is massive with tons of genres. The only thing it avoids is top 40 songs, better known as the songs that have high awareness. If WTSR exposes students to a lot of local bands, new genres and even allows students to hear their friends and classmates live on the air when they do updates or specialty shows. In the Brower Student Center, we have a beautiful, newly renovated lounge area with tons of games and activities. Why not just have some “Sympathy for The Devil,” as sung by The Rolling Stones, and place a
radio set-up there so students can hear their own fellow students and music from their own college’s radio station play? There are some flaws in what I’m suggesting. Using the wise words of Bruce Springsteen, WTSR is “Born to Run” in a way that goes against many top 40 radio stations, and does have specialty shows that may not be appropriate to play over a loudspeaker in public areas. Things such as gospel radio, sports talk or hardcore grunge music wouldn’t sound right being played in Eickhoff Hall. I suppose whoever is controlling the radio station in Eickhoff Hall could just switch the station when these shows come on, and then tune back into WTSR once those programs end. Even though I know, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” — as sung by the Rolling Stones — I still think it’s important to try. The WTSR has so much talent, and it does so much for this campus that I feel as though the campus should give something back. The recent WTSR Underground session — a two-day event where WTSR and Lions Television hosted multiple bands to record their sets — was a lot of fun and free for all students. If the College increases visibility of WTSR and plays it in buildings on campus where more people can hear it, not only would the popularity of the radio station increase, but more students might get more involved with it as well.
Creative outlets serve as an escape for stress
Students should set aside time to do what they love. By Darian Scalamoni
We’re nearing that time in the semester where our workload is beginning to be too much to handle, and many of us are starting to struggle with mental breakdowns. It’s important that when stress begins to take over, we find a way of coping to get our minds off of our schoolwork, social life stress or personal issues that we’re working through. The more responsibilities we add to our plates, the more susceptible we are to stress, and happiness becomes something that can easily be thrown out the window. I’m here to tell you that there’s a way to escape the strenuous worry we develop during the course of the semester over passing our classes. Creativity is a beautiful thing. By definition, creativity is the use of the imagination or the expression of original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic
work. While the word — work — might be in the definition of creativity, through personal experiences I can say that being creative is a type of work that is therapy for the soul. Being creative is more of a refreshing feeling, rather than a stressful feeling, that blossoms from multiple parts of the body whether we are expressing ourselves by mouth in singing or by hand in drawing. Imagination is obviously important as our ideas fuel a different aspect of our brains. The older we get, the more we think it’s okay to push away that itch we get to do something original that ignites a passion inside us that is different than what we might do at school or in our day jobs. Honestly, the innovative action of creating is powerful and vital to our everyday lives and mental health. One of the most creative minds today is Chance The Rapper. The Chicago-based music artist has not only had massive mainstream success in the music industry — winning multiple Grammy’s — but has also seen success in his creative process which has helped him design clothing, artwork, films and write poetry. More importantly, these creative outlets helped this artist get over an addiction to Xanax — one so serious that he was close to death, according to Transformations Treatment Center. Within the process of generating original material, we build our ideas using our heads but implement them through our passions, which come from the heart. Put pen to paper or get behind a camera or an instrument, and do something that is more self-fulfilling than finishing an assignment. While some aspects of life often get in the way of what might really be important, we must be self-expressive
to detract from these said pressures. No matter the age, artistry takes a load off of us and gives us an outlet to express ourselves. In a study of the health of the body and mind, it’s said that, “you can learn to use the power of your imagination to produce calming, energizing or healing responses in your body. You can use imagery and hypnosis to reduce anxiety, fear and panic,” according to Healthy.net. With results like that, why wouldn’t we want to take the time to express ourselves with a creative outlet? Setting aside time to do the things we love refreshes us for when we have to do the stressful things like school work. Creative outlets not only keep us mentally sane, but inspire us to never stop pursuing what we all desire — happiness. Art showcases all the emotions we struggle with in everyday life, but it is also necessary to put ourselves in a positive state of mind, not only for the time being but also for the foreseeable future.
Self-expression helps students cope.
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Students share opinions around campus
“Have you listened to the College’s radio station, WTSR 91.3FM?”
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Katie Cocca, a freshman English major.
“I have not, only because I can’t really listen to the radio on my phone, and I don’t have a car.”
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Casey Futterman, a sophomore computer science major. “No, I haven’t.”
“What creative outlets do you use to relieve stress?”
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Haoyo Ji, a freshman mechanical engineering major. “I choose to skateboard.”
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Ryan Bogutz, a freshman computer science major. “Photography and writing.”
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Sigma Kappa drives out Alzheimer’s
Photo courtesy of Juliana Rice
Left: Attendees appreciate vintage and classic cars. Right: Sigma Kappa fights to end Alzheimer’s disease. By Devin Jeter Correspondent
Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that results in severe memory loss and currently affects more than 5 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s website, the “leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.” To raise awareness for this incurable disease, Sigma Kappa hosted its 6th annual Driving Out Alzheimer’s Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 30. Vintage cars ranging in different models, sizes and colors filled parking lots 3 and 4 for the event. A dunk tank, face painting station and auction baskets with prizes were some of the activities students and Ewing residents could enjoy. “This year, we wanted to get the Trenton and Ewing community involved,” said Brooke Shanley, a senior marketing
major and Sigma Kappa’s vice president of philanthropic services. “We contacted the Ewing Township school district and we advertised on their school’s back pack, which is an online newsletter they send out to the families and parents and kids.” Sigma Kappa’s event had a successful turnout, as many people throughout the community arrived to take part in the festivities throughout the day. A variety of cars from a black 1953 Hudson Hornet to a red 1932 Ford three-window Henry Steel filled were some of the cars on display. A stage was also set up for musical guests and performances. The College’s Pep Band was the first to appear on stage, performing a few songs and a rendition of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. When asked what it was like to organize the event, Shanley stated that it’s been in the process since January and took a lot of work, time and commitment. She also showed great appreciation for her sorority sisters, especially for all the time and effort they put into making the event possible.
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Shanley also spoke highly about the members of the community who showed up to the event. “Going to meet all these people who bring their cars to the show, it’s a great experience to go and talk to them,” Shanley said. “I’ve had hour long conversations about what we do, how we raise money and that it’s going to a great cause.” Madison Storcella, a junior communications major and philanthropy week chair, was impressed with the event’s turnout. “Looking today at the event and how many cars are here, and how many people in the community really do care, and showed up,” Storcella said, “it really makes us happy and makes us want to do it year after year.” Storcella said that Alzheimer’s has impacted many members of the sorority and their families. “A lot of our sisters have been affected and I think that’s why I’m so passionate about it because seeing what they go through,” she said. “I want to help them.” Although Alzheimer’s impacts many American people, research will be conducted until a cure is found.
Fifty ShadeZ of Melanin shatters harmful stereotypes By Yanaja Joyner Correspondent A simple mirror shattered harmful stereotypes and promoted self-love for the students who gathered in the Business Building on Sept. 26. Fifty ShadeZ of Melanin, hosted by Zeta Phi Beta and the Black Student Union, addressed the problems of colorism and its impact relating to skin color. The event was also sponsored by the Association of Students for Africa, Alpha Phi Alpha and the Haitian Students Association. According to those in attendance, colorism is defined as people of color who discriminate against each other within their
own race. “Because of the political climate we live in, it’s important to talk about these topics instead of just sugar coating things,” said Enicely Mojica, a junior psychology major and Zeta Phi Beta’s president. Meme Cisse, a senior sociology major and member of Zeta Phi Beta, opened the floor for discussion with one question: “Where did colorism start?” The overall agreement in the room was that colorism doesn’t just mean differences in skin color, but the differences in hair type too. From there, the audience began to share stories of their own experiences with colorism and why they
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Students discuss the impact of colorism.
believe it exists in today’s society. Némy Thomas, a freshman psychology major, explained her understanding of colorism. “When people think of light skin women as curly hair and exotic, that’s where the divide comes from,” Thomas said. After the audience shared personal stories, the event took a turn toward colorism’s role in the media. The topic began with Spike Lee’s 1988 film, “School Daze.” The film was based on a historically black university and the divide between its students — those who immerse themselves in political rhetoric versus those who would rather maintain social order. Students analyzed the musical battle scene in the film between darker skinned girls with natural hair, and lighter skinned girls with straighter hair. Although the film was released nearly 30 years ago, many agreed that the misconceptions still exist today. “I feel that the normalization of terms such as light-skinned or dark-skinned and associating positive or negative traits with these terms is detrimental to society,” said Aaron Conyer, a junior philosophy major and co-chief financial officer of BSU. Colorism in media was then used as a segway for overcoming harmful stereotypes.
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Personal stories promote self-love amongst students. One media example was Deedee Howard, a dark-skinned model that recreated ads that were shot from a Eurocentric perspective. Another mention was Viola Davis, the first black woman to win an Emmy, a Tony and an Oscar. After discussing the causes and examples of women that overcome colorism, the conversation shifted to its effects. The most prominent effects discussed were the perceptions of beauty, which in turn, create the problems of low self-esteem and risk behavior such as skin bleaching. At the end of the discussion, students were placed into small groups and handed a mirror. Sarah Bennett, a junior English and elementary education double
major and Zeta Phi Beta’s vice president, explained the activity. The objective was to think of the first three words that described yourself as you looked into the mirror, according to Bennett. Then, the rest of the group gave their own ideas of what they thought. At the end of the exercise, many students had tears in their eyes. Some said it was hard to look at themselves, while others mentioned the affirmations of others was overwhelming. “It was a great program providing insight into some of the issues of colorism,” Conyer said.“The conversations today allows us to be more mindful when we are thinking about the weight of the terms and phrases we use.”
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: Riri launches new makeup line
Left: Jenner is reportedly four months pregnant with her first child. Right: Rihanna’s last name surprises fans. By Joanne Kim Columnist Kylie Jenner fans were shocked last week as news circulated that the youngest sibling in the Kardashian-Jenner clan was rumored to be four months pregnant with her first child. PEOPLE magazine reported Travis Scott as the father, and the couple is expecting a baby girl sometime in February. As if Kylie and her older sister Kim Kardashian’s pregnancies weren’t enough, Khloe Kardashian is now rumored to be four months pregnant with her boyfriend, Tristan Thompson. A source told US Weekly that although the pregnancies weren’t planned together,
“they’re looking at it like it’s a unifying experience for them as sisters.” It seems that the only sibling missing a baby in the family now is Kendall Jenner. In other news, former country star turned pop princess Taylor Swift has shared behind-the-scenes footage of her new music video, “Look What You Made Me Do.” In the music video, she starts having an argument with her crazy alter egos like a bunch of angry people waiting in line impatiently at a supermarket checkout. Swift said the group of actresses dressed as her alter-egos was crazy to watch. “Okay, this is the trippiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” she said in the behind-the-scenes video. Swift continued joking about how
strange it was to see versions of herself from different eras, but awesome at the same time. Come to think of it, it isn’t everyday someone gets to see their different personalities, so why not enjoy it while it lasts? Legendary singers Britney Spears and Mariah Carey have also recently met-up, leaving fans with dozens of questions. InStyle reported that Spears and Carey had a lovely surprise dinner at a “mutual friends get together.” Spears tweeted out a picture that night with the caption,“You never know who you’re going to meet at dinner parties! Great night!” These days, celebrities are inspiring fans to stay true to themselves. Demi Lovato is
making a stand on her sexuality just like she does in her song, “Confident.” Lovato believes her sexuality is something that should be kept personal, and doesn’t feel it is necessary to discuss it with the public. “I don’t owe anybody anything,” Lovato said at an interview. On a brighter note, Rihanna’s last name, Fenty, has brought Twitter users to a humorous shock. Fans were surprised to learn the singer’s last name after her new makeup line, Fenty Beauty, was released on Sept. 8. Many people thought it was just a name she used for her Puma collection and beauty collaborations. People didn’t expect “Fenty” to actually be her last name. Well, I’m shook.
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: Jan. ‘05
Students donate goods to tsunami victims
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The College community bands together to help those in need.
Every week, Features Editor Ashton Leber hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. Over the past two months, the United States was a victim of three devastating hurricanes. Hurricane Harvey was the first to make landfall on Aug. 25, slamming Houston and damaging its surrounding areas. A few weeks later, Hurricane Irma swept through the Caribbean and up through Florida. Other states, including South Carolina, declared a state of emergency, and those who remained in their homes felt Irma’s vicious wrath. Shortly after Irma, Hurricane Maria shook the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, leaving nothing but damage behind. As a result of these tragic natural disasters, the College’s Office of Student Affairs launched a new initiative, “Here for Home, Always,” to raise money and help those affected by the hurricanes. In 2005, a tsunami wreaked havoc over several countries in Asia. The College participated in collecting donations for victims of the tsunami by collecting canned goods. During times of devastation, the College gives back to support those in need. Dec. 26 became a day of infamy as an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 on the Richter scale spawned a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that left both residents and visitors of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Sumatra and Thailand in devastation. As the death toll surpasses, 156,000
people, there are some 12 million ways to contribute to the Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund, making even the effort to help out the victims of the tragedy a daunting task. Collaborating with the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Student Finance Board (SFB), the office of Student Development and Campus Programs (Athletics, Club Sports, Intramurals and Campus Activities) provided students and employees at the College with a way to contribute to the effort, by placing collection cans in all of the dining halls and residence buildings. There are also cans at the Brower Student Center Information Desk and the bookstore. “We are also looking for every organization on campus to co-sponsor by passing a collection hat during their meeting and donate it there,” Pedro Khoury, SGA executive president said. In addition, donations will be accepted at various events on campus. For example, there were collection cans at basketball games throughout the month, and the concert and comedy show sponsored by the College Union Board (CUB) also presented opportunities. The fund-raising period officially began on Jan 17, and is set to last until Jan. 31. “After that, SGA and other student organizations most likely will conduct their own fund-raisers,” Khoury said.
The Culinary Club Presents...
Left: Ripped denim and an oversized sweater are perfect for fall. Right: Hadid pairs ripped jeans with sneakers. By Jillian Greene Columnist As the seasons come and go, denim is one thing that appears to stay constant in the fashion world. Whether you’re rocking skinny or boyfriend-style jeans, ripped denim has become a popular trend. Although the older generations — like my parents and grandparents — don’t agree with this fashion statement, millennials love it. There are a variety of styles such as basic ripped jeans in the knee, or riskier, uber-ripped jeans where there is more skin showing than the jeans itself. Another option you can choose is the classic ripped jeans down the pant leg with white stitching covering the holes. I like the classic rips best and don’t believe I will ever get into the uber-ripped style, but I applaud those who can pull it off!
As this trend becomes more and more popular, people can find inspiration just about anywhere they look. Pinterest is one of the best places to search for wardrobe ideas because they provide endless options. Also, looking at your favorite celebrities’ Instagram pages can give tons of fashion inspiration. Glamour Magazine recently published an article featuring celebrities wearing a variety of stylish ripped jeans. Of course Bella and Gigi Hadid, the fashion icons of the century (or so it seems), were the first two featured. You can wear ripped jeans just about anywhere if you really want to, unless there’s a specific dress code. Pair ripped jeans with a cute pair of sneakers or heels to bring them from day to night. Whether you’re going to class or having a night out on the town, trendy ripped jeans have become a wardrobe necessity.
: Chocolate dump cake
Left: Dump cake is simple and easy to make. Right: Reese’s Pieces are filled with delicious peanut buttery goodness. By Julia Dzurillay Columnist Dump cake is the latest baking trend, and making it involves simple steps and minimal hassle. Simply dump all of the required ingredients into a pan, bake it in a slow cooker and serve. Grab your oven mitts and slow cooker and head to the
nearest kitchen for a sweet and savory treat that will leave you begging for more. Our dump cake is made with rich, gooey layers of chocolate that will melt in your mouth. If your sweet tooth is craving for something fruity, try baking an apple pie without the bottom crust. If you’d like to add a salty flavor to your chocolatey treat,
drizzle the dump cake with peanut butter and Reese’s Pieces just before baking.
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4. Take a spoonful of Nutella and chocolate chips and place it over top of the dump cake mixture. 5. Take the back of a spoon and press down any dry mix that isn’t wet. 6. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your slow cooker, and enjoy!
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Arts & Entertainment
ACT / Play’s success is no ‘Secret’
Left: ‘Secret in the Wings’ weaves together a myriad of fairytales. Right: Characters travel through time.
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“Allerleira” concludes with Colleran being forced into marrying her father, to which she chooses to run away from. While each individual fairytale was rather difficult to follow, each tale ended up with Mr. Cruz asking Kira to marry him, to which Kira blatantly refuses, and the rapid change of scenes. The set featured physical pathways for cast members to journey through time, such as doors in the ground, stairs and side sets. The carpentry team was busy sculpting the set, made primarily from wood, since the early days of this semester. Rebecca Conn, a junior mathematics major, served as an assistant carpenter for “Secret in the Wings” and helped design the set. “We had to make an immense set for this show,” Conn said. The carpentry team was composed of two master carpenters and four assistant carpenters. All hands on deck made this an easier job due to the importance of the set. “We were asked to build a unique set of entrances and exits, including a wardrobe, crate and trap door,” Conn said. Director and alumnus Curt Foxworth (’02) agreed that
supreme carpentry was an asset to the success of the show. With each character’s costumes constantly changing and the lighting illuminating the main characters of each fairytale, the set was perhaps the only stable aspect of the show. Foxworth said that the planning for the show began at the tail end of last semester. Auditions took place exactly a month before the final show, so the rapid pace of the show’s scheduling was challenging. However, with organization and teamwork, Foxworth said, everything turned out great. This is not Foxworth’s first time directing the College’s stage. He also directed “As You Like It” and “Romeo and Juliet” at the College. Assistant director Kate Augustin, a sophomore elementary education and psychology double major, was under the guidance of Foxworth for her first time assistant directing a show here at the College. She stressed the importance of rehearsals since the show was produced in a short four weeks. “This show is so heavily reliant on the ensemble aspect that the entire cast was called to rehearsals almost every day after classes as well as on weekends,” Augustin explained. The cast featured a wide variety of students that allowed every cast member to explore a different side of a
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character. For instance, Cohen not only played the little girl in the beginning of the show, but also was a member of four little girls who were friends in “Allerleira.” Junior Kelly Colleran, a history and secondary education major, played a role in each of the fairytales –– she played a mother in “Three Blind Queens,” a runaway in “Allerleira” and one of seven brothers in “Silent for Seven Years.” At the end, Kira chooses to kiss Mr. Cruz, and at that moment, he wakes up and reveals his true form, a young child, leaving audiences wondering if the entire show was a dream or not. The secret in “Secret in the Wings” was evident in the range of emotions the show offered, from grief, humor, to joy. Everyone in the cast and audience felt a yearning of nostalgia for their childhood and fairytales in the midst of school-related stress. While each fairytale inevitably confused audiences, it allowed everyone to take a few hours out of the day to feel youthful again. Foxworth summed it up perfectly, saying, “In the beginning, we just had scripts of old fairytales,” Foxworth said. “Transforming them tonight was bringing everyone’s inner child to light.”
Soloist night showcases student talent
Fanelli sings both covers and original music. By Alyssa Louis Correspondent
One of the first cool nights of the fall semester was given a warm welcome by acoustic guitars, three student soloists and an audience dressed in flannel. CUB Alt presented the first Student Soloist Night of the year on Friday, Sept. 29, in Traditions.
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The event was the first of three soloist nights of the semester, according to Jack Sofka, a sophomore English major and CUB Alt co-chair. These events give students the opportunity to showcase their abilities. “I believe that Student Soloist (and) Band nights are an important, uniting force for a subculture on campus that typically does not get much attention, at least to the mainstream and administrative parts of
campus,” Sofka said. Giancarlo Calvo, a sophomore history major, kicked off the night with covers of Neil Young, Arctic Monkeys and Pixies. The atmosphere of Traditions was “cozy, intimate and had a coffee shop vibe,” according to Conor Moran, a freshman communication studies major. Alyssa Fanelli, a junior math and secondary education dual major, followed Calvo with performances of “Issues” by Julia Michaels, “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande, her own take on “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift and two original songs, which she debuted for the first time. She has performed in three previous soloist nights and has performed in coffeehouses in her hometown of Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Family, friends and lovers of music came out to support the talent of all three soloists. Fanelli showed her immense appreciation for her friends and fellow Treblemakers — members of the acapella group she belongs to — with a shout-out on stage. “Creativity is so important on a college campus,” Fanelli said. Dan Rubio, a junior marketing major and the last performer of the night, sang covers as well as an original song dedicated to his girlfriend. His parents were also in attendance, and proudly recorded his entire set. “He sounded like the lead singer of
Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong,” said Amanda Politano, a freshman psychology major. The audience’s applause after each performance was thunderous within the intimate space. “Overall, I think the performers did a great job and the songs translated well into an acoustic setting,” Moran said. Performers should reach out to CUB Alt if they are interested in singing at one of the many events offered, said Sofka, who performed in the Student Soloist Night last year. After watching the performances, Luke Ambrose, a freshman psychology major, decided that he did not just want to attend Student Soloist Night — he wanted to share his talent for music in the next CUB Alt event. After the show, he approached a College Union Board member for more information. “I thought it was good that people were getting out there and sharing their gifts with other people,” said Ambrose, who will be doing the same in a few weeks. CUB Alt offers Student Band Nights in addition to soloist nights, giving students many chances to perform or appreciate live music. “(The event) helps students let loose the same way sports and other extracurriculars help other demographics,” Sofka said. CUB Alt’s Student Soloist Night brought the campus community together, and will continue to do so throughout the semester. The next event will be held on Oct. 17.
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Student stand-up serves up laughs at Traditions
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EJ Paras entertains the crowd with his contagious humor. By Eric Preisler Production Manager
The Traditions stage became a stand-up circuit on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., as eight students entertained an enraptured audience as with their comedic routines. Tabitha Dell’Angelo, an associate professor and co-coordinator of urban education at the College, explained that this was part of an interactive multimedia topics course, comedy writing. The students had to be ready to perform after only their third class of the semester. “We did improv, created sketches, did storytelling and put together stand up sets,” she said. Dell’Angelo also expressed that this course could be a great learning opportunity for students, and could help them meet
personal goals. “For some students, public speaking was their main goal,” she said. Dell’Angelo hopes they’ll one day, his students will perform on bigger comedy stages. “I hope they gained some confidence in themselves, and will think differently about how they approach some of their future endeavors,” she said. Students had various reasons for enrolling in this course and performing stand-up. Some students have had previous experiences with comedy and felt that this could be a good opportunity to further explore the discipline. Taylor LaCaze, a junior marketing major, explained that he and his friends have been involved with comedy, and this could give him a chance to add it to his transcript.
“I’ve done a lot of improv and theater in the past and I thought stand-up would be a fun change of pace,” he said. “I’m not going to pass up the opportunity to have a comedy class on my transcript.” While some students already had experience with comedy, some felt that this course could offer exposure to something new. “The reason I took this class was for the experience,” said Evan Jones, a senior interactive multimedia major. “I feel that I should go out of my way to have as many experiences as possible.” For some, the idea of performing is difficult enough, but creating ideas for performances can be even more challenging. Jones’s comedy was inspired by personal experiences. “Honestly most of the material I came up with was looking at my sorry life and saying ‘yeah normal people don’t experience that, let’s share it,’” he said. Desiree Aponte, a senior English and secondary education dual major, based her stand-up off of experiences she had with her family, describing details that occurred in her life. “My professor gave us assignments to recall funny stories and to roast ourselves, so I incorporated a bit of both into the routine,” Aponte said. “When I think of comedy in my life, it usually comes in the form of my family and friends, so creating a set about family get-togethers was an easy choice.” She chose to talk about funny family interactions and the inside jokes that they share. “Not everyone is Puerto Rican and can relate to my family,” she said, “but people are familiar with their own ridiculous
family, so I tried to bring in elements that were relatable.” Another challenging aspect of creating the content was strategically shedding light on funny aspects of everyday life, which might not seem evidently funny from the surface. LaCaze explained the planning for his stand-up routine. “It was all about exaggerating certain parts of it for comedic effect, and inserting jokes during the exposition to keep it interesting throughout,” he said. “I also came up with a few jokes on the spot, with no idea how they would actually go over, but they seemed to do well enough.” While performing stand-up is a challenging process, Jones explained that stage performance was not his biggest fear. “The worst was sharing my ideas,” Jones said. “Ideas that I had ownership over –– any critique would be a critique of me.” LaCaze, who based his performance off his experiences in theater, explained that the planning process and relatability of his content most challenged him. “I was worried that the audience might not laugh because my story about a performing a rather niche type of theater, pantomime, wasn’t very relatable,” LaCaze said, “but I feel like I explained it well enough.” Students expressed that both the course and the routines were a valuable and enjoyable learning experience for the students involved. “The show was a lot of fun,” Aponte said. “Even though I had heard my classmate’s stories a few times during practice, I still laughed really hard during their performances. Their confidence was inspiring.”
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‘It’ spreads true terror to audiences
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.
Left: The kids investigate the town’s killer clown. Right: Pennywise enjoys eating children. By Lily Firth Reviews Editor
Stephen King released his novel, “It,” in 1986, and the intense story continues to give readers nightmares. It was made into a low-budget television series in 1990, starring Tim Curry, but many fans still ached for a cinematic masterpiece that could more accurately portray the terror that King created in his novel. Luckily, these fans got exactly what they wanted — a beautifully crafted film that will haunt you weeks after seeing it. “It” topped the box office charts right from the get-go and has still been selling out theaters everywhere. What makes “It” so different from other horror films is the fact that it was a novel beforehand. The plot itself is very clever, and not just a badly written screenplay with cheesy scare tactics like many horror films. “It” tells the story of the fictional town of Derry, Maine, where children go missing every 27 years, but no one really understands why. In the beginning of the film, Bill’s little brother, Georgie, goes missing.
Although most assume he has died, Georgie’s disappearance begins the desperate and obsessive search for the truth. Bill gets together his rag-tag “loser club” of eccentric friends to find exactly what is happening, and they find more than what they could ever have imagined — they find “It”, also known as Pennywise, who takes the form of a terrifying clown. It also has the ability to physically morph into people’s worst fears — like a person with leprosy, a burn victim or a headless man — any horror you could think of, Pennywise could imitate it. The kids try to defeat Pennywise so they can stop the terror once and for all, but they have to do it before Pennywise hunts them down one by one. I think the best part about the movie, other than its clever plotline, is the characters. None of them are one-dimensional, and by the end of the movie you’re desperately wishing you were part of their friend group because you’re in love with every single one of them. There’s Eddie, who is a nervous kid who pops 100 pills a day because he always
thinks he’s sick. There’s Richie who is crude and foul mouthed but always has a hilarious joke up his sleeve. There’s Bill who is so determined and inspiring, always thinking of others. There’s Bev who’s courageous and witty and never lets the boys outdo her. There’s Ben who is passionate and loves to read, Mike who’s positive even though he’s gone through a lot of trauma in his life and Stan who scares easily but is still loyal. The movie is terrifying, but these quirky kids always make you laugh and smile the whole way with their pure and true friendship and the love they have for each other. Any movie lover, especially horror buffs, need to see “It” immediately if they haven’t already. It makes you experience a range of emotions — you’ll laugh one minute at the kid’s banter, cry one minute as someone goes missing and jump out of your seat when Pennywise lurks in the shadows. “It” is a phenomenal movie that I think will go down in history as one of the best horror films of all time.
Philharmonic presenter helps educate youth By Grace Gottschling Staff Writer
Theodore Wiprud, a performer, educator, concert presenter and the vice president of education at the New York Philharmonic, was featured in the third Brown Bag series event of the semester in Mayo Concert Hall on Friday, Sept. 28. Wiprud’s presentation, “The Many Worlds of Teaching Artistry,” displayed his work with the broad range of educational programs offered by the Philharmonic in New York City schools. Wiprud believes that community outreach is necessary to create an environment of equity and opportunity in music. “The place that you might find for yourself in music, or whatever field in communication you’re going into, could be something that you don’t know about now. It could be something that doesn’t even exist now,” Wiprud said of the emerging field of
teaching artistry. Wiprud also mentioned the lack of consistent in-school music education available in the country. “A lot of the most significant learning experiences, when it comes to music and the arts, happen outside of school,” he said. The Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert series that Wiprud organizes features children
ages 6 to 12 from a variety of backgrounds. Over 100 children who have participated in the education program get selected each year to have their compositions performed by the New York Philharmonic in a celebrated assembly. “The audience at these events is mostly made up of other kids who then realize that they too can create music,” Wiprud said.
“When any audience member sees someone like them on stage, they connect.” According to Wiprud, the program has been adapted by different countries around the world. “We send our own people out to show them how to do it,” he said, “but the cool thing is that it’s different in every country because each one has a unique musical culture.”
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Wiprud’s music education program has been adapted worldwide.
Wiprud then continued to explain that people’s current interpretation of audience and performance is incredibly narrow and could be broadened to include several different modes of communicating through music outside of a traditional dark theater with silent audience. A Boston University graduate, Wiprud is a former teaching artist and an active composer. Prior to his work at the New York Philharmonic, Wiprud created similar education programs with the Brooklyn Philharmonic as well as the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the American Composers Orchestra. Wiprud has been running the New York Philharmonic’s in-school and adult programs, as well as the educational concerts and online resources since 2004. Wiprud’s success is one of the many intended to inspire students who are considering careers in arts and communications.
Band Name: Manchester Orchestra Album Title: “A Black Mile to the Surface” Release Number: 5th Hailing From: Atlanta, Georgia Genre: Alternative Rock / Folk Label: Favorite Gentlemen Andy Hull, the workaholic musician, has crafted an album with a bigger folk influence than ever before. Ultimately, this album has some of their best songs yet. The album takes the form of a musical narrative that begins with the song “Lead, SD.” It’s a heavy thematic narrative that deals with serious issues such as suicide and faith. Never a stranger to darker themes, Hull crafts a story that’s worth hearing. Must Hear: “The Maze,” “The Gold” and “The Grocery”
Band Name: Benjamin Booker Album Title: “Witness” Release Number: 2nd Hailing From: Tampa, Florida Genre: Soulful Blues Rock Label: ATO / Rough Trade Benjamin Booker returns with an urgent synthesis of blues, gospel and soul with a raw and unforgiving candor that’s reminiscent of downtown New York punk. At 28 years old, Booker brings a sense of poise that makes you think he’s been in the music business for decades. He balances a frenetic pace (“Right on You”) with a more mature, soulful vibe (“Motivation”). If you haven’t heard of Benjamin Booker yet, definitely play some tunes off this album. Must Hear: “Right on You,” “Motivation,” “Believe” and “The Slow Drag Under.”
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Judge ready to rise as baseball’s next icon
Judge breaks the rookie home run record with 52.
By Michael Battista Staff Writer
This season the MLB’s biggest story has not been political protests, nor has it been tragedies off the field or overblown news that the sport is dying. No, the biggest story this year has been a 25-year-old from Linden, California, whose presence in the Bronx has caused everyone to rise. Aaron Judge has become baseball’s shining star and he can go even farther. He is a freak of nature in the best possible way and I’m beyond joyed to see him wearing pinstripes this season with the New York Yankees. In his first full season, he’s won the Home Run Derby, earned a spot on the American League All-Star team and broke the rookie home run record. He recorded 50 home runs last week against the Kansas City Royals, all while helping his team reach the playoffs. I heard fan discussion about him possibly becoming the next Yankee captain. I can’t support the argument after only one season of full play. Still, I do believe Judge can become the next great quintessential baseball
player. It’s a term that I’ve made up but it’s an idea that is far from revolutionary. Every baseball fan, young and old, has a player that they idolize. One player that they save their baseball card, buy their poster, imitate their batting stance and so on. Bob Costas touched on this subject during his eulogy at the funeral of Mickey Mantle, a player that was hero to more than anyone could count. “Every boy builds a shine to some baseball hero,” Costas said. “And before that shrine, a candle always burns. For a huge portion of my generation, Mickey Mantle was that baseball hero. And for reasons that no statistics, no dry recitation of the facts can possibly capture, he was the most compelling baseball hero of our lifetime. And he was our symbol of baseball at a time when the game meant something to us that perhaps it no longer does.” Judge has a lot going for him in this regard. He’s fantastic at the plate, he’s solid in the field and he’s a likable guy in an era where many fans are finding out their heroes may have been taking performance enhancing drugs. He hits home runs for what seems
like miles and still can be interviewed after the game and not seem full of himself. My 98-year-old grandfather has seen over 20 World Series winning Yankees teams during his lifetime. But to him, the sun rises and sets on Joe DiMaggio. He was a graceful outfielder who, in my grandpa’s words, “never lost his hat” when chasing down a fly ball. The impact Dimaggio had on him is something he’ll never forget or replace. My father has two players that fit the category. When he was younger, my Dad idolized the charismatic and gifted Yogi Berra. His way with words and his famous “yogiisms” were enough to make him memorable, but his play on the field was something else. As my Dad got older, he began to appreciate and admire Don Mattingly during his tenure with the Yankees. He likes him so much that even when Mattingly was managing the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015 and rumors surfaced Yasiel Puig was avoiding him, my Dad immediately turned on Puig. You don’t mess with Donny Baseball. Then there’s me. Growing up as a Yankees fan in the late ’90s and early 2000s, many people would say I was spoiled with
success and talented players. They may be right, but no one shinned more in my eyes than Derek Jeter. He was the guy. I had Jeter shirts, I attended yearly baseball clinics in the city which were run by Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation and I treasure my signed Derek Jeter memorabilia. It takes a lot to make me cry at a sport, but seeing him leave the field after helping his team win in his final game at Yankee Stadium is one of my favorite moments in all of sports. It doesn’t have to just be Yankees though. There’s Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Ernie Banks, Mike Trout and the list just goes on. Kids and adults find that one player they will always love and who symbolizes the game to them. Judge will decide the verdict on his own hero status over the next few years. If he keeps up the amazing play and stays the same likable and humble person, people will be more drawn to him. Baseball isn’t as popular as it used to be, and not much can change that. But if a father can still take his son to a game and pass on the enjoyment to him, and help him find that one player to latch onto, baseball will always be America’s game.
Judge wins the 2017 Home Run Derby.
Soccer / No. 3 Lions extend winning streak to nine
Left: Levering scores two goals against the Scarlet Raiders. Right: Goldman now has 22 assists. continued from page 24
“I checked in for the pass (and) I got the pass,” Deriggi said. “I cut the ball in and I went for it instead of crossing in… I kind of was going down (to the ground) but I was kicking it at the same time. So I did get the kick off.” In the game’s second half,
the Lions took less shots than usual. Levering doesn’t think the team was slowing down. Rather, the team was taking time with possessions. “We talked at halftime just to keep the same energy and work fast through the middle,” Levering said. “I think we tried doing that and keep possessing it more. In some ways I think we did better
and in some ways I think we still have room to improve.” The added possession time may have given way to Levering scoring her second goal of the day, which put her second on the all-time points list. In the 53rd minute, Levering shot low to the left side of the net off a pass from Bertolino to give her team the final winning score, 4-0.
The team’s next match will be on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Lions Stadium against Gettysburg College. Later on Saturday, Oct. 7, the Lions will play against conference rival Ramapo College at the TCNJ Soccer Complex at 1 p.m. Russo said it will be nice to play outside of the NJAC for a bit, but he isn’t underestimating the
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Bullets clip of talent. “(Gettysburg is) usually always in the top part of the Centennial, which is a strong conference, so it’s usually a good test for us,” Russo said. “We’re looking forward to it. They’re well coached, they’re always organized and their coach Matt (Garrett) does a great job in getting his kids ready to play.”
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Lions field hockey recovers with two wins
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Tiefenthaler dekes a defender.
By Maximillian C. Burgos Sports Editor
The field hockey team bounced back on Sept. 26, with a 3-0 win against Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityFlorham at home. The Lions then traveled to William Paterson University on Saturday, Sept. 30, where they shutout the Pioneers, 3-0. Since their loss against No.4 ranked Salisbury University last week, the Lions have outscored and shutout opponents, 6-0. Senior Elizabeth Morrison commented on the Lions recovery. “Although we suffered two losses in a row, they were both two top 5 teams,” Morrison said. “Those games made us stronger and helped us realize what we needed to work on before playing conference games.” In the game against the Devils, the Lions shot 29 times. Fifteen of the shots were on goal. Devils
goalkeeper Samantha Rubin made 10 saves in the game, but it was not enough to stop the onslaught of Lions shots. Morrison was the first to put the Lions on the scoreboard. Freshman forward Tori Tiefenthaler passed the ball to Morrison who fired a closely placed shot past the goalie and into the net just 24 seconds into the game. Morrison scored again in the 62nd minute. She had a long run down the right side of the field and finished the play on the left, blasting her second goal into the net. Morrison also had a hand in the final score of the game, assisting freshman midfielder Samantha Reed. Reed then fired a shot from three yards out that found nothing but net. Morrison later commented on Reed’s goal. “Scoring is always great, especially getting the first goal so early on in the game, but I was most excited
to assist Reed’s first collegiate goal late in the game,” Morrison said. Morrison ended the match with two goals and an assist. Reed also netted in a goal. Tiefenthaler had three shots on goal and an assist. Senior goalkeeper Christina Fabiano accumulated five saves during the game, securing the win for the Lions. On the road against the Pioneers, the Lions were accurate with their shots — 20 were on goal. Pioneers junior goalkeeper Mallory Rickerhauser managed to make an incredible 17 saves. It was not enough to stop the Lions who scored three goals in the first half. Sophomore forward/midfielder Kayla Peterson scored the first goal for the Lions in the sixth minute. She dribbled past defenders to hit a shot from five yards out. In the 17th minute of the game, Morrison passed the ball from the right side of the field to Tiefenthaler, who was waiting for the pass in front of the net. Tiefenthaler fired a goal from four yards out, building the Lions lead to 2-0. In the 31st minute, Tiefenthaler poked a goal in the far post, tallying the Lions a 3-0 lead. At the end of the day, Tiefenthaler had two goals. Peterson also netted a goal and Morrison grabbed an assist. Morrison talked about the Pioneer matchup. “Every NJAC game is tough because we all want to host the first round of the NJAC tournament in November,” she commented. “Every team we play is tough competition, and it’s always interesting to see how teams match up with each other year to year.” The Lions faced off against Rowan University on Oct. 3, and on Saturday, Oct. 7, the Lions will travel to Montclair State University for another conference matchup. The Lions have won 21 straight New Jersey Athletic Conference games, a streak they have been building since 2013.
Cross country excels against national elite Patriotsmatchupscreatescoringopportunities By Maximillian C. Burgos Sports Editor In week five football, there are some key matchups to look into. Each position has a set of matchups to exploit this week. If you have a player going against the Patriots defense, start them. The Patriots are really bad on defense this year.
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Lady Lions run against competitive opponents. By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed amongst 450 colleges and high schools in the 44th annual Paul Short Run at Lehigh University on Friday, Sept. 29. The women placed high in the 6,000-meter Brown race, finishing third out of 20 Division II and Division III universities. Meanwhile, the men secured 40th place out of 40 teams in the men’s 8000-meter Gold race, which featured premier Division I, II and III schools. Junior Erin Holzbaur led the Lady Lions as she captured 11th place and ran in a time of 22:16. Following in 12th place was junior Madeleine Tattory, who clocked in a second later at 22:17. Five seconds later, sophomore Gabby DeVito completed the race in 19th place with a time of 22:22. Afterwards, junior Abigail Faith raced through the finish line, clocking in at 22:27 and securing 23rd place. Junior Olivia Shenkman and senior Allison Fournier were able to score points for the team, recording times of 24:08 and 24:30 respectively.
In total, women’s cross country accumulated 109 points, finishing behind second place Assumption University and first place Edinboro University. Meanwhile, the men’s cross country team competed against 40 Division I teams such as Rutgers University, Georgetown University, Wake Forest University and many more. Senior Dale Johnson led the Lions as he placed in the 40th position with a time of 25:19. Soon after Johnson, junior Brian Mitchell finished and clocked in at 25:49. “Running against D1 schools reallys allows the team to get a sense of what other runners are doing on a national level,” Johnson said. Four seconds later, junior Luke Prothero completed the race with a time of 25:53. Freshman Joey Erskine then finished and clocked in at 26:01. Junior Quinn Wasko and sophomore Richard Gruters capped off the race with times of 26:10. The Lions will now head to Center Valley, Pennsylvania to compete in the Desales University Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady should have a strong showing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Even if the Patriots defense is horrible, Brady is still somehow magical in the second quarter. For those who don’t know, Brady pulled a win out against the Texans in week two in the closing minutes. The Buccaneers pass defense in this year has been mediocre and Brady should be able to make some magic happen. Aaron Rodgers is also a solid pick against the Dallas Cowboys, since their linebacking core is plagued with injuries. Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks alive and is also magical. Look at any of his long range completions and you’ll see what I mean. Running Backs: Running backs that should have big days are Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Leonard Fournette of the Jacksonville Jaguars. They are coincidentally playing each other this week and both will be featured heavily in this matchup. Bell is straight up scary when he is healthy and ready to go. Fournette might be a rookie but he is shaping up to be something really special. He is good on the ground and at catching balls out of the backfield. If you have him, start him. Wide Receivers: Wide receivers are always fun to watch as they blaze defenses up and down the field. Mike Evans on the Buccaneers
should have a monster day against one of the league’s worst defenses, the Patriots. Odell Beckham Jr. should also have a big game against the Chargers, a team that can’t get out of their own way. Evans needs to have a monster game this season to continue his great career successs. Jameis Winston and Evans are one of the best quarterback-receiver duos in the league, if you have Evans and you’re not starting him against the abysmal Patriots defense, something is wrong with you. The Chargers are just bad. OBJ should have a good day. Tight Ends: The tight ends with great matchups come to no surprise. Rob Gronkowski will be leaned on by Brady against the Bucc a n e e r s . The Kansas City Chief’s Travis Kelce should also torch the Texans defense, who will have trouble covering him. Gronk is... Well he is just Gronk, one of the best tight ends to have ever lived, only when he is healthy. Kelce is fun to watch while he torches defenses. He is always a solid starter. Defense / Special Teams: The Minnesota Vikings defense is pretty good this year. They are playing against rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in his first start. That means points! Seattle’s defense should never be benched, no matter who they are playing. Without a doubt, start them against the Rams. Kickers: Kickers can really swing a matchup one way or another in a very underrated way. We are looking at you Greg Zuerlein. Start Zuerlein against Seattle, he should get a lot of action one way or another. Matt Prater should have a bounce back game against the Panthers, so start him too.
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Miguel Gonzalez “The Ref”
Thomas Ballard Copy Editor
Michael Battista Staff Writer
In this week’s edition of Around the Dorm, “Ref” Miguel Gonzalez asked our panel of three experts — Grant Playter, Thomas Ballard, and Michael Battista — three questions: Who will be each league’s Rookie of the Year? In light of the recent FBI investigations, is there more corruption occurring in college basketball? After an 0-3 start, can the New York Giants bounce back?
1. Who will be each league’s Rookie of the Year? Grant: I’m pretty confident that Aaron Judge will be the American League Rookie of the Year award. I’m not just saying that as a ride or die Yankees fan — he’s had an amazing season, not just for a rookie but for any player in the league. He managed
to break the record for the most home runs in Yankees home games with 33 thus far this season. The previous holder of this record? Babe fricken Ruth. With 52 home runs in the season, I think Judge has not only earned a spot as Rookie of the Year, he may very well be the reason the Yankees have won 91 games and made it to the
postseason. While his .284 batting average isn’t top tier, it’s very solid. Judge makes up for any deficits in efficiency with sheer run volume. Judge’s 128 runs off of 152 hits epitomizes the type of slugger he is, on top of a respectable 114 RBIs. If he isn’t rookie of the year, I’d be shocked. Tom: The battle over who will be the rookies of the year this season for the National and American Leagues are tight. This year’s class of top grade rookies have shown fans what it means to play baseball. For the National League, I have to give it to the Rockies’ third baseman, Nolan Arenado. Arenado had an amazing season, scoring 37 home runs and 130 RBIs. There’s no surprise that the Rockies had success this season with a 87-73 record, placing third in the National League West. Statistically speaking, Arenado is having similar success this season compared to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Last month, Arenado’s .338 batting average with runners in scoring position has made
him the icing on top for the National League race. For the American League, there is no other choice than New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge. Judge has obliterated his opponents, raking in 52 home-runs and 114 RBIs. Judge had an amazing recordbreaking season and left the rest of the pack trying to keep up. Michael: Aaron Judge is winning the American League rookie of the year in a landslide. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfielder Cody Bellinger will take the National League slot. Judge has broken the rookie home run record, won the Home Run Derby and become baseball’s biggest item. The National League race is a bit more tight, but Bellinger has been instrumental in the Dodgers absolute annihilation of the National League West standings. He’s hit more home runs in his debut season than anyone else and played multiple positions when his team has needed him. He’s been adaptable and reliable. It is undeniable that he deserves this honor.
Grant gets 3 points for his Babe Ruth comparison. Tom gets 3 points for suggesting Arenado. Michael gets 2 points for bringing up Bellinger. 2. In light of the recent FBI investigations, is there more corruption occurring in college basketball? Grant: Of course there’s more corruption going on in college basketball. I can see the argument that the FBI is just being cautious in the wake of the insanity of the latest scandal. When the media gets a hold of these type of investigations, it means the situation has become large enough to pay attention to. You don’t hit the point where universities are setting up fake classes for players to take unless there is widespread systemic corruption in the culture of college basketball. You can pull out a few bad weeds, but unless you get the roots out, more will just pop up. If we really want to address this, we need to impact the culture. We need to stress that as much as helping a player succeed in the NBA helps them, getting them an education is just as paramount. If people don’t believe that, we’ll be seeing this news story
frequently for a long time. Tom: There are always sharks in the water when there is money to be made. I don’t see the sharks leaving anytime soon, even though they have their own blood in the water. According to the NCAA’s website, for the 2011-12 season (the most recent information they have posted), the organization brought in $871.6 million that season. They also had a 14-year agreement with CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting to air the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship for $10.8 billion. Without a doubt, there is money to be made in college basketball. I don’t think the takedown of figures such as Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, Auburn associate head coach Chuck Person or various Adidas employees are going to stop anything from changing. With coaches, advertisers and the NCAA swallowing large profits on the backs of their players’ skills, perhaps it might be time to look into compensating college athletes for their work to lessen
the revenue and the greed. Michael: Are you telling me that a sport that doesn’t actually pay its players directly is corrupt? The one with a league net worth of millions to billions of dollars and the one that handles the lives of kids who may be over their head with copious amounts of fame and attention? I’m shocked. Of course I think there’s more corruption in college basketball. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s corruption in other Division I sports. I’m not saying that every team is bad, but because the NCAA has rules limiting what athletes can and can’t do means some will look for ways around it. As a result, some coaches will find ways around it in hopes of recruiting them. I’m not saying there’s a better option right now when it comes to players getting what they think they deserve, but it’s a side-effect of the current system. Money can be a blessing and a curse.
Grant gets 3 points for emphasizing the need for education. Tom gets 3 points for using statistics. Michael gets 2 points for having a genuine opinion.
3. After an 0-3 start, can the New York Giants bounce back? Grant: Historically, an 0-3 start is not something you want. Since 1981, only five teams who began the season this way managed to make it to the playoffs. Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said if they finish 13-3, these first three losses won’t matter and I agree with that mindset. We need to evaluate where the team is now and I think they’ve improved by leaps and bounds since the first two weeks. The game against the Philadelphia Eagles was as close as it was because
the Giants recognized the deficiencies in the offensive-line and changed their approach to compensate for it. If quarterback Eli Manning relies on aggressive short passes and gets the ball off, he won’t be sacked like he was in the first two weeks. He has offensive weapons like wide receivers Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Beckham Jr. While the utter lack of any running game is going to hurt them, especially against teams with strong pass defenses, I think the Giants have developed a strategy that can account for their weaknesses and salvage the season. No one is saying it’s going to be easy, but the Giants have never been the type of team to cruise to a dominating victory. They scrape by as perennial underdogs. There are no bigger underdogs in the NFL with a shot to actually make a dent in the landscape other than the New York Giants. Tom: The Giants are off to a rough start, but I wouldn’t say their chances are as deflated as a Tom Brady’s football just yet. Their 0-3 record at the end of September looks bad, especially considering so few teams with similar records rarely make it to the playoffs. The “Big Blue”
Grant gets 3 points for a thorough analysis. Tom gets 2 points for mentioning special team plays. Michael gets 2 points for reminiscing on the 2007-08 Giants.
just needs to step back and focus on their strengths. Quarterback Eli Manning is going to pass the ball to running back Paul Perkins and let him carve his way up the field. Manning has to be careful with those downfield throws, but he needs to rely on wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard to make sure they end up in the endzone. The Giants also have to pay some attention to their special team plays and make sure that a repeat of kick errors made against the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles doesn’t happen again. I think that as long as head coach Ben McAdoo and Manning rally the team together, they should have respectable season. Michael: The New York Jets have a better record than the Giants. Let that sink in while I go
cry in a corner and realize the 2007-08 miracle season will be 10 years old come February. I don’t know if turning it around will happen but the Giants will be victorious at some point between weeks four and six. They’re playing some weak teams that are either struggling or are just plain awful. The Giants have no offensive line and no running game whatsoever. Quarterback Eli Manning is getting old and besides wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who does he have to pass to? Plus, head coach Ben McAdoo throws Eli under the bus for sloppy quarterback play when it’s his staff and play calling that hurts the team. The NFC East is a three team division now, so I’m going to sit back and hope Beckham Jr. turns it around at least for my fantasy team.
Winner’s Circle Grant wins ATD 9-8-6
Tom wins ATD 9-5-4 “You miss 100% of the “No surprises here, I’mshots as right you don’t take”Faccus repe as a turn signal.”
Men’s soccer faces adversity against NJAC rivals By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor
The men’s soccer team endured challenging matches against both Division III Rutgers University campuses: the Rutgers University-Camden Scarlet Raptors and Rutgers University-Newark Scarlet Raiders. On Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Lions battled the Scarlet Raptors to a 1-1 tie after two overtime periods at the Soccer Complex. The following Saturday, Sept. 30, the team lost 3-1 to the No. 3 nationally ranked Scarlet Raiders in Newark, New Jersey, and dropped their record to 4-4-1. Freshman goalkeeper Michael Kayal led the Lions defense together throughout the 110-minute marathon match against the Scarlet Raptors. The Raptors struck first in the 4th minute when junior midfielder Walter Barreto kicked the ball straight to Kayal. Kayal blocked a plethora of shots as the Scarlet Raptors recorded four shots on two consecutive corner kicks. In the 26th minute, the Lions countered when junior midfielder
Joerg Jauk scored on a penalty kick to the team a 1-0 lead. Both teams fought hard for possession in the midfield. At the end of the first half, The Scarlet Raptors snuck in a last minute goal. Raptors midfielder Vincenzo Masitti secured a feeding pass from fellow midfielder Jawon Daniels and tapped in the tying goal. With both teams tied at 1-1 at halftime, the match entered into a scoreless stalemate. During the second half, sophomore midfielder Sam Monaco, junior defender Nick Provenzano and junior midfielder Matt Skinner were able to land header shots, but none netted a goal. At the same time, the Lions defense was able to hold down the Scarlet Raptors to four shots during the second half. In the first overtime period, Kayal made a crucial save to keep the game tied. Scarlet Raptors senior midfielder/forward Brad Maine shot upward and Kayal flicked the ball to off bounds. By the end of the second overtime period, both teams left the conference match with a 1-1 tie.
“It was that type of game where both teams sought important conference points,” head coach George Nazario said. “Kayal had one important save in overtime to keep the game tied.” On the road at Newark, the Lions faced the undefeated 11-0 Scarlet Raiders. The Scarlet Raiders dispatched the Lions in the 3-1 loss. The Lions were able to repel the Scarlet Raiders from their half until 16th minute. The Lions defense was then rocked by three consecutive shots. The Scarlet Raiders broke through the Lions net when senior midfielder Hubert Dul feed a long pass to sophomore forward Fabio De Sousa. Sousa then dribbled past Kayal in a one-on-one confrontation and fired in a goal. The men’s soccer team endured more setbacks as the first half continued. In the 19th minute, Scarlet Raptors freshman defender Adrian Velazquez headed a shot at Kayal. Kayal was able to block the shot but Dul scored on the rebound to put the Scarlet Raptors up
James Pike dribbles the ball.
by 2-0. The Scarlet Raptors continued their constant bombardment until the 29th minute. Sousa scored on a penalty kick to put the Lions into a 3-0 deficit. “The team went on a 12 minute spell and scored three goals on us,” Nazario said. “The statistics don’t describe the match. The game was much tighter between both teams, but Rutgers showed why they are ranked third in the country.” In the second half, the Lions were able to prevent a shutout. In the 73rd minute, senior midfielder Peter Dresch hit the
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crossbar. Monaco then caught the rebound and dribbled past the Scarlet Raiders goalkeeper to score the Lions sole goal. Ultimately, the Lions dropped a 3-1 loss while the Scarlet Raiders increased their winning streak to 12 games. Heading into October, Nazario sees opportunities for the team to win more conference matches. “It’s a great time for the team to get on a roll,” Nazario said. “We have the chance to play different opposition against a nonconference opponent. Then, the team can secure a conference win at Ramapo this Saturday.”
College revels in victories, two Lions earn all-time milestones By Micheal Battista Staff Writer
The Lions raised their undefeated streak to nine games last week, including two wins over New Jersey Athletic Conference opponents. The team came away with a 5-0 victory on the road against Rutgers UniversityCamden on Sept. 27, before returning home and taking another 4-0 win against Rutgers University-Newark on Saturday, Sept. 30. The Lions improved to 9-0 on the season. Over the course of the two games, two Lions helped inch themselves higher on all-time lists. Senior forward Christine Levering scored three goals, moving her into second place in all-time at 133 points. Levering currently sits in third place with 54 goals, one goal behind Dana DiBruno (’07) and four goals behind all-time leading goal scorer Traci Tapp (’98). Senior midfielder Jessica Goldman also made it onto a top 10 list with her performance in the two games. During the Rutgers University-Newark game, Goldman’s assist to Levering’s record setting goal moved her into eighth place for all-time assists with 22 assists. Goldman, who wasn’t aware that she moved onto the top 10 list, said it gives her more drive to move forward. “It’s obviously special,” Goldman said. “But it’s just motivation to keep going forward. To not stop there.” Levering took time to reflect on her teammates and all the work they have been doing in helping her reach this point, but in helping the team this season.
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“That just shows how much as a team, this group has been doing well because obviously I can’t do it myself,” Levering said. “Knowing that there’s people getting the assists and the points… it’s humbling.” While head coach Joe Russo says his team doesn’t look at rankings and accomplishments in the moment, he does say the milestones will be huge accomplishments when they look back. “They both have done well,” Russo said. “They’re very good players. And the best thing as good of a player Jess and Lev is they’re just better kids. I mean they’re good people. So they mean a lot to our program.” Besides the two seniors, multiple players proved vital for the team in their routing of their Rutgers rivals. Against the Scarlet Raptors, Goldman smashed in a shot of her own with an assist of senior midfielder Kayla Bertolino. The first
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half saw one more goal in store when freshman defender Devon McDonough found herself with the ball. In the ensuing chaos, McDonough passed the ball to sophomore midfielder Alexa Beatty who scored her second goal of the season. Meanwhile, sophomore goalkeeper Nicole DiPasquale faced three shots in the last 45 minutes, all of which she saved. The Lions struggled to finish chances early in the second half, with multiple shots sailing over the crossbar. Sophomore midfielder Despina Lianidis was able to score in the back of the net in the 74th minute off an assist from senior forward Hannah Richman. Only seven minutes later, Richman ripped a long shot to the net’s right side and scored the Lions fifth goal of the match, where the score would stay. At home against the Raptors, the Lions
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clamped down on the Scarlet Raiders offense. In total, only two shots were recorded and only one of them was on target. The Lions backline, usually manned by Richman and sophomore defensive duo Ally Deriggi and Jen McGrogan have come together to become one of the top units in Division III. The Lions are the sole Division III team in the nation to not concede a goal this season and are only one of three teams across all divisions to do so. Deriggi said that it all comes down to being a strong unit with her teammates. “I just think we work very well together,” DiRoggi said. “We don’t work for ourselves, I think we work for each other and as a team… We connect balls and we’re just always working really hard.” On the offensive front, the College controlled the home turf with impressive ball control during the first half. It only took Levering five minutes to get the Lions on the scoreboard. Levering got the ball back off a corner kick short pass from Goldman and targeted the top left corner of the goal from the right side of the box. Later in the first half, Richman saw Lianidis breaking toward an opening in the Newark defense and lobbed a pass her way. The midfielder went on to beat the keeper with a low shot. Besides her work on the backline, Deriggi found herself in place for an impressive goal 20 yards out in the closing stages of the first half. It was her first goal as a Lion.
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